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Volume III 



This third volume in the Doctrines of Salvation series gives pointed consideration to many of 
the most fascinating and little understood principles of the gospel. 

In it President Joseph Fielding Smith points out the signs of the times, analyzes the 
prophecies relative to the Second Coming of our Lord, sets forth the events which will 
precede and attend that glorious day, and describes the conditions destined to prevail during 
the millennial era. 

In addition he tells how priesthood and keys operate, explains the apostolic position, and 
reveals how the President of the Church is chosen and set apart. Light is throw also on Book 
of Mormon geography, patriarchal blessings, world governments, the great apostasy, and 
many more vital subjects. 

Paying tribute to him on the 80th anniversary of his birth (July 19, 1956), his associates in 
the Council of the Twelve published a message of love, greeting, and affection which 
included the following: 

President Joseph Fielding Smith has inherited in rich measure the dauntless courage and the 
unswerving devotion to duty which have characterized the lives of his noble ancestors. For 
more than forty-six years as a member of the Council of the Twelve he has been a fearless 
defender of the faith and an untiring preacher of the gospel of repentance. In his vigorous 
denunciation of the theories of men which would negate the truths of the restored gospel, he 
has often drawn the criticisms of some of the exponents of the theories he has assailed, but 
seldom has he failed to win the admiration and respect of his severest critics because of his 
scholarship and the consistency of his course, which is as undeviating as the stars of heaven. 
No one ever has had occasion to question where he stood on any controversial issue. 

". . . In his profound gospel writings and in his theological dissertations, he has given to his 
associates and to the Church a rich legacy which will immortalize his name among the 
faithful." vi. 1 

The standard works excepted, probably more copies of his books on gospel subjects have 
been sold than of any other man in our dispensation. Total copies sold now run to several 
hundred thousand. 

Certainly none in our day has spoken or written with greater plainness, or more spiritual 
insight, or with greater ability to give living meaning to the mysteries of the kingdom than 
has he. 


This third volume of Doctrines of Salvation, containing as it does many doctrinal 
explanations not found elsewhere in Latter-day Saint literature, warrants the attentive 
consideration of gospel students everywhere. 

As with previous volumes, I am grateful to many people for help and counsel. Chief credit 
goes to President Smith, himself, for the great doctrinal contribution of the work itself. 

Again also I am grateful to Elder Oscar W. McConkie, my father, and to Elder Milton R. 
Hunter of the First Council of Seventy, both of whom have given much counsel and many 
helpful suggestions. And again also Elder Joseph Fielding Smith, Jr., set the type and made 
many valued suggestions; and Sister Velma Harvey, my very able secretary, typed the host of 
documents involved and gave painstaking attention to proofreading and other details. 

— Bruce R. McConkie Salt Lake City, Utah July 19, 1956 




SECOND COMING WILL BE TOMORROW. I was asked, not long ago, if I could tell 
when the Lord would come. I answered, Yes; and I answer, Yes, now. I know when he will 
come. He will come tomorrow. We have his word for it. Let me read it 

"Behold, now it is called today until the coming of the Son of Man, and verily it is a day of 
sacrifice, and a day for the tithing of my people; for he that is tithed shall not be burned at 
his coming." (Now there is a discourse sufficient on tithing.) "For after today cometh the 
burning — this is speaking after the manner of the Lord -- for verily I say, tomorrow all the 
proud and they that do wickedly shall be as stubble; and I will burn them up, for I am the 
Lord of Hosts; and I will not spare any that remain in Babylon." 1. 1 

So the Lord is coming, I say, tomorrow. Then let us be prepared. Elder Orson F. Whitney 
used to write about the Saturday Evening of Time. We are living in the Saturday Evening of 
Time. This is the 6th day now drawing to its close, When the Lord says it is today until his 
coming, that, I think, is what he has in mind, for he shall come in the morning of the 
Sabbath, or seventh day of the earth's temporal existence, to inaugurate the millennial reign 
and to take his rightful place as King of kings and Lord of lords, to rule and reign upon the 
earth, as it is his right. 1 . 2 


Satan has usurped power and authority from the beginning, and men have followed him, but 
his day is drawing to its close, and the day is dawning for Israel, for Zion, for the universal 
establishment of truth, when the earth shall be cleansed of all impurity, all wickedness, for 
when Christ comes that which is wicked cannot remain.2.3 

DAY OF THE LORD IS NEAR. I believe that the coming of the Son of God is not far away, 
how far I do not know, but I do know that it is over 100 years nearer than it was when Elijah 
the prophet came to the Prophet Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery in the Kirtland Temple 
on the 3rd day of April, 1836. Elijah's words point to the fact that we are that much nearer. 
And this ancient prophet declared that by the restoration of those keys we should know that 
the great and dreadful day of the Lord is near, even at our doors.2.4 

The world is rapidly coming to its end, that is, the end of the days of wickedness. 2.5 When 
it is fully ripe in iniquity the Lord will come in the clouds of heaven to take vengeance on 
the ungodly, for his wrath is kindled against them.2. 6 Do not think that he delayeth his 
coming. Many of the signs of his coming have been given, so we may, if we will, know that 
the day is even now at our doors.2. 7 

SOME NOW LIVING MAY SEE SECOND COMING. The day of the coming of the Lord is 
near. I do not know when. I am not looking, however, upon the coming of the Son of Man as 
I looked once upon the day when men would speak from city to city and throughout the land 
without the aid of wires, and would be heard -- as something that may come in some far 
distant time — because I sincerely believe it will come in the very day when some of us who 
are here today [April 5, 1936] will be living upon the face of the earth. That day is close at 

It behooves us as Latter-day Saints to set our houses in order, to keep the commandments of 
God, to turn from evil to righteousness, if it is necessary, and serve the Lord in humility and 
faith and prayer.3. 8 

CHRIST WILL COME IN DAY OF WICKEDNESS. When we become ripe in iniquity, then 
the Lord will come. I get annoyed sometimes at some of our elders who when speaking say 
the Lord will come when we all become righteous enough to receive him. The Lord is not 
going to wait for us to get righteous. When he gets ready to come, he is going to come — 
when the cup of iniquity is full — and if we are not righteous then, it will be just too bad for 
us, for we will be classed among the ungodly, and we will be as stubble to be swept off the 
face of the earth, for the Lord says wickedness shall not stand.3.9 

Do not think the Lord delays his coming, for he will come at the appointed time, not the time 
which I have heard some preach when the earth becomes righteous enough to receive him. I 
have heard some men in positions and places of trust in the Church preach this, men who are 
supposed to be acquainted with the word of the Lord, but they failed to comprehend the 


scriptures. Christ will come in the day of wickedness, when the earth is ripe in iniquity and 
prepared for the cleansing, and as the cleanser and purifier he will come, and all the wicked 
will be as stubble and will be consumed.3. 10 


extraordinarily strange thing if the Lord should come and begin his reign of peace — take 
vengeance on the wicked, cleanse the earth from sin — and not send messengers to prepare 
the way before him? 

Should we expect the Lord to come to judge the world without first giving it warning and 
preparing the means of escape for all who will repent? 

Noah was sent to the world to warn it of the flood. If the people had hearkened, they would 
have escaped.4. 1 1 Moses was sent to lead Israel into the promised land to fulfil the promises 
made to Abraham. 4. 12 John the Baptist was sent to prepare the way for the coming of 
Christ.4. 13 In each instance the call came through the opening of the heavens. Isaiah, 
Jeremiah, and other prophets were sent to warn Israel and Judah before the scattering and 
captivity came upon them.4. 14 Had they given heed a different page of history would have 
been written. They had their chance to hear; they were warned and had the means of escape 
which they rejected. 

GOSPEL WITNESS PRECEDES SECOND COMING. The Lord promised to have the same 
interest in humanity preceding his second coming. Said he: "And this gospel of the kingdom 
shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end 
come." 4. 15 Again: "And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they 
shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. "4. 16 

John on Patmos saw in vision in the last days an "angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the 
everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and 
kindred, and tongue and people. "4. 17 

Joseph Smith declared that Moroni -- an ancient prophet on this continent, and now 
resurrected — in partial fulfilment of this promise, taught him the gospel, giving him 
instruction in relation to the restoration of things preceding the coming of Christ. 4.18 And 
the Lord said: "For behold, the Lord God hath sent forth the angel crying through the midst 
of heaven, saying: Prepare ye the way of the Lord, and make his paths straight, for the hour 
of his coming is night." 5. 19 

Accepting this as true, Latter-day Saints believe that communication has been established 
with the heavens in modern times, and now the gospel of the kingdom is sent out as a 
witness to the world before Christ shall come. 5. 20 


well understood that the teachings of the so-called Christian churches have been declared in 
all the world for many hundreds of years. In all lands churches have been organized and 
ministers have proclaimed their teachings. There is nothing peculiar about their message in 
relation to the present age — nothing distinctive which would mark any one or all of them his 
having the special declaration of the gospel of the kingdom which was promised as a witness 
in the latter days. 

The implication in these words of our Lord — that "this gospel of the kingdom shall be 
preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come" 5.21 — 
the implication is that in the last days the Lord would give as a sign to all nations the sending 
anew of the message of the gospel of the kingdom and that it would be different from the 
teachings then being taught and received among the nations. Otherwise how could it be 
distinguished and accepted as a sign of his second coming? 

Moreover, when this declaration of the gospel of the kingdom should reach all nations, then 
should the end come, or in other words, the time for the appearance of our Lord. The 
preaching of the many doctrines of the various denominations was carried to all nations 
many long years ago, but the end did not come with this universal declaration. 

RESTORED GOSPEL WARNS THE WORLD. Joseph Smith and his associates were taught 
by heavenly messengers and by revelation that the burden of this message was upon them. 
They were instructed that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was duly appointed 
to send forth ambassadors for Christ with the special message of this gospel of the kingdom 
to all nations. The Lord said in this connection: "And the voice of warning shall be unto all 
people, by the mouths of my disciples, whom I have chosen in these last days. And they shall 
go forth and none shall stay them, for I the Lord have commanded them. "6. 22 

The Latter-day Saints may be considered strange and peculiar in believing that they have 
been called upon to fullfil this ancient scripture, but it is with full confidence that the Lord 
has spoken that they are diligently' sending missionaries into all parts of the earth. Moreover, 
when all nations have heard this message, as it has been revealed in these last days, then may 
we look forth for the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, for at that day all nations 
will have been warned by the messengers who were sent unto them according to the Lord's 
promise. 6.23 

the gospel to the nations has not yet been finished. The missionaries of the Church are now 
going out with this message, but the Lord has said he would cut short his work in 
righteousness, 6.24 moreover that he would hasten it in its time. 6. 25 By means of modem 
invention and discovery we can readily see how this may be accomplished, and the hearts of 
the people of the earth he reached by radio, through the press, and by communication such as 


the nations of the earth did not have in former times. I do not know how long it will be 
before this mission shall be accomplished and these words of our Lord and Savior Jesus 
Christ shall be fulfilled, but that he will work speedily, that he will accomplish his purposes 
within the time that he has set, I fully believe, and his promises shall not fail. 7.26 

someone filled with hatred of the truth, in the blind desire to destroy the work of the Lord, 
appeals to the nations to cast out the elders of Israel who are carrying this message of 
salvation unto all who will believe, and warning others that they may be left without excuse. 

It would be a sorry day for any nation, where the gospel is being preached, should it 
conclude to drive the elders of the Church from its borders and deny them the right to preach 
the gospel among the people. The elders insure peace unto the nations, so long as they will 
hear the message of salvation and will protect and defend the truth, When the time comes 
that the nations will cast the elders out and no longer receive their testimony, but "bow to 
Satan's thrall," as we heard in the anthem this afternoon, woe be unto them. 

We read in the word of the Lord that after the testimony of the elders will come wrath and 
indignation upon the people. For after their testimony will come the testimony of 
earthquakes that shall cause suffering and sorrow, and men shall fall upon the ground for 
fear. There shall come also the testimony of thunderings, and the voice of lightnings, and the 
voice of tempests, and the voice of the waves of the sea heaving themselves beyond their 
bounds. All things shall be in commotion, and men's hearts shall fail them because of fear 
that shall come upon the people, These things shall follow the testimony of the elders of the 
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, when the people of the world reject them and 
drive them from their borders. 8.27 


"TIMES OF GENTILES" TO BE FULFILLED. We go unto them with a message of peace, 
of truth, of eternal salvation, calling upon them to repent of their sins and enter into the true 
fold, where they may receive rest. When they will not do this, but to the contrary, will listen 
to the unrighteous and condemn the truth, then God will withdraw the gospel from among 
them. In that day the times of the Gentiles will be fulfilled and the gospel will be carried to 
the Jews. 8.28 For, this gospel must be preached to them as well as to the Gentile nations; 
and a remnant of the Jews will gather — as they are gathering since the dedication of their 
land for their return — in Palestine, and as a remnant of Ephraim and his fellows are now 
gathering to the land of Zion. 

JEWS TO BE CONVENED AT SECOND COMING. The Jews in due time will be 
established in their own land, and the Lord will come, according to his promise, unto his 
people in the hour of their distress and will deliver them from their enemies. Then will they 
look upon him and discover his wounds and shall say: "What are these wounds in thine 


hands?" And he shall answer them: "Those with which I was wounded in the house of my 
friends." Then will they fall down and worship him as their Redeemer — the Son of God.8.29 
After that they will be cleansed of their sins and shall receive the gospel. 8.30 

And the nations that seek to destroy Jerusalem in that day will the Lord destroy, for he shall 
be King over all the earth, and righteousness shall prevail among the people. 8.31 Zion shall 
be established on this continent; Jerusalem will be re-established on the old continent, and 
wickedness will depart from the earth, for when Christ comes and the righteous with him, 
the wicked will be as stubble and will be consumed.9.32 

Therefore, I desire to bear my testimony unto all people and say unto those who raise their 
hands against this work See that you do it not, for this is the work of God. He has established 
it, and when you reject it, you reject him, and after the testimony of the elders will come the 
testimony of trouble and distress as the prophets have predicted.9.33 

take it from my reading of the scriptures, will believe in Christ before he comes, The Book 
of Mormon tells us that they shall begin to believe in him9. 34 They are now beginning to 
believe in him, The Jews today look upon Christ as a great Rabbi. They have accepted him 
as one of their great teachers; they have said that, "He is Jew of Jew, the greatest Rabbi of 
them all," as one has stated it. When the gospel was restored in 1830, if a Jew had mentioned 
the name of Christ in one of the synagogues, he would have been rebuked. Had a rabbi 
referred to him, the congregation would have arisen and left the building. And so, we see the 
sentiment has changed. Now I state this on Jewish authority that they are beginning to 
believe in Christ, and some of them are accepting the gospel. 

But in the main they will gather to Jerusalem in their unbelief; the gospel will be preached to 
them; some of them will believe. Not all of the Gentiles have believed when the gospel has 
been proclaimed to them, but the great body of the Jews who are there assembled will not 
receive Christ as their Redeemer until he comes himself and makes himself manifest unto 
them. 9.35 

WHERE LORD WILL FIND FAITH AT HIS COMING. I can testify that when the Lord 
will come, he will, find faith upon the earth. 10. 36 That faith, however, which he will find, 
shall be limited to a very small portion of the inhabitants of the earth, He will not find faith 
in the nations abroad to any noticeable extent; he will not find faith among the peoples of the 
earth who have not received the gospel as it has been restored. But there will be faith among 
those of the house of Israel who have been gathered out from the nations and who have 
repented of their sins and received the message that came through the Prophet Joseph 
Smith. 10. 37 



to Joseph Smith by Moroni, September 21, 1823, was the following: "Behold, I will send my 
messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall 
suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: 
behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts. "10. 38 

In quoting the words of Malachi to Joseph Smith the Angel Moroni also said that these 
words were shortly to be fulfilled: "But who may abide the day of his [Christ's] coming? and 
who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap: And 
he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge 
them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness. Then 
shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the Lord, as in the days of old, 
and as in former years. 

"And I [Christ] will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the 
sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that 
oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the 
stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the Lord of hosts." 11. 39 

has reference to the second coming of Christ the Latter-day Saints stand in a peculiar 
position among all people, for it is the general belief that this had fulfilment in the first 
coming of Christ. If we investigate the matter, however, it is made very clear that in the days 
of the ministry of the Redeemer of the world, he did not come in judgment and to purify in 
the crucible so that all dross should be destroyed. In that day he was abused and persecuted 
and denied by men. The widow and the fatherless were not given justice against those who 
oppressed them. Sorcerers and adulterers were not punished, and all men were able to abide 
that day, 

But, when Christ comes the second time it will be in the clouds of heaven, and it shall be the 
day of vengeance against the ungodly, when those who have loved wickedness and have 
been guilty of transgression and rebellion against the laws of God will be destroyed. All 
during the ministry of Christ wickedness ruled and seemed to prevail, but when he comes in 
the clouds of glory as it is declared in this message of Malachi to the world, and which was 
said by Moroni to be near at hand, then Christ will appear as the refiner and purifier of both 
man and beast and all that pertains to this earth, for the earth itself shall undergo a change 
and receive its former paradisiacal glory. 1 1. 40 

prepare the way for this second coming, by the proclamation of the fulness of the gospel and 
the granting to all men the means of escape from iniquity and transgression. The fulfilment 
of this prophecy by Malachi is even now at our doors, and before many years have passed 
away Christ shall come as the re finer and purifier of this earth which today is suffering in 


the throes of lawlessness and transgression. 

When that day comes, then all that is evil shall he removed, and the words of the Lord shall 
be fulfilled wherein he has said: "I have trodden the winepress alone: and of the people there 
was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and 
their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment. For the day 
of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come." 12. 41 

In this day messengers of the Lord have been sent. John the Baptist came to Joseph Smith 
and Oliver Cowdery and gave them his priesthood, thus preparing the way for the coming of 
the Lord. 12 42 Moreover, the Lord has come suddenly to his temple and in it ministered to 
Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery, April 3, 1836. In that temple Joseph and Oliver received 
authority for the purging of the sons of Levi, and for the gathering of the Jews so that 
eventually their offerings may be pleasant before the Lord, when they return to their land and 
are forgiven for their transgressions. 12 43 

LORD HAS "SUDDENLY COME TO HIS TEMPLE." Malachi said the Lord would 
suddenly come to his temple. 12. 44 In 1830 our Savior said he would come suddenly to his 
temple. 12. 45 That coming was for a definite purpose: To restore keys; to purge the sons of 
Levi; to prepare for the offering of Judah when the Jews will be cleansed of their iniquity; 
and to be as a refiner and purifier, bringing salvation to all men who will obey his voice. 

It is true that many even of the Latter-day Saints are looking forth to that coming of our 
Lord. Let us stop and reflect a moment. Has the Lord not come already suddenly to his 
temple to bring about these glorious purposes? Christ appeared suddenly in this temple. 

Then He sent Moses with the keys for the gathering of Israel. Since Moses established Aaron 
and the Levites in their priesthood, do not these keys also confer the power in this 
dispensation for the purging of Levi and Judah that they may offer an offering in 

Do not the keys held by Elias confer all that was held by Abraham? Do not the keys held by 
Elijah grant to the Church all the power of sealing authority? Is it not a fact that either in this 
temple, or in some other consecrated spot, all the keys of all the prophets since the would 
began have now been revealed and restored to earth for the complete consummation of the 
work of the Lord? Is not the great and dreadful day of the Lord very near our doors? What 
else by way of authority for the salvation of man is to be revealed? Is not the fulness of the 
gospel here? 13. 46 

COMING OF CHRIST AT ADAM-ONDI-AHMAN. Daniel speaks of the coming of Christ, 
and that day is near at hand. There will be a great gathering in the Valley of 
Adam-ondi- Ahman; there will be a great council held. The Ancient of Days, who is Adam, 
will sit. The judgment — not the final judgment — will be held, where the righteous who have 
held keys will make their reports and deliver up their keys and ministry. Christ will come, 


and Adam will make his report. At this council Christ will be received and acknowledged as 
the rightful ruler of the earth. Satan will be replaced. 13. 47 Following this event every 
government in the world, including the United States, will have to become part of the 
government of God. 14. 48 Then righteous rule will be established. The earth will be 
cleansed; the wicked will be destroyed; and the reign of peace will be ushered in. 14. 49 

Now we are looking forward to that time. We are hoping for it; we are praying for it. The 
righteous will rejoice when he comes, because then peace will come to the earth, 
righteousness to the people, and that same spirit of peace and joy and happiness which 
prevailed upon this continent for 200 years among the Nephites shall again be established 
among the people and eventually shall become universal, and Christ shall reign as Lord of 
lords and King of kings for 1,000 years. We are looking forward to that time. 14. 50 


WHAT IS MEANT BY THE LAST DAYS. The Lord has declared, by his own voice and by 
revelation to his servants, the prophets, that we are living in the last days. 14. 5 1 When we 
speak of the last days, we do not mean that this is the end of the earth, that it shall cease 
presently to exist. We mean that we are living in that period of time known as the 
dispensation of the fulness of times, in which the Father has promised to gather all things 
together in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth. 14. 52 We mean we are 
living in the day when unrighteousness shall cease, when wickedness shall no longer be 
found on the face of the earth, when this earth shall be turned over, according to the promise 
the Lord made to Daniel the Prophet, to the saints of the Most High, who shall possess it 
forever and ever. 14. 53 

PERILOUS NATURE OF LAST DAYS. We are living in a critical period of the world's 
history. Great events are before us. The Lord in his mercy, and with justice and judgment, is 
going to cut short his work in righteousness. 15. 54 The decrees have gone forth, and it 
behooves us as members of the Church to be united and to serve him and keep all his 
commandments . 15.55 

We are living in a day of trouble, of tribulation, when men's hearts are failing them, The 
Lord pointed out this day while in his ministry and admonished by prophecy those living 
now to watch and pray, that they might not be led astray, that they might not be found 
unprepared, should they be so fortunate as to be here at the great day of his coming. 15.56 

We are living in perilous times, in a day when the mission of the Church is perhaps more 
pronounced, and our message to the world more clearly defined, than ever before, As a 
people we stand as witnesses for Christ in a day when the world has turned from him, when 
they are teaching the doctrines of men and discarding the fundamental truths of the Christian 
faith. 15.57 


HARVEST OF THE WHEAT: BURNING OF THE TARES. The parable the Lord taught of 
the wheat and the tares had reference to the last days, According to the story a sower planted 
good seed in his field, but while he slept the enemy came and sowed tares in the field, When 
the blades began to show, the servants desired to go and pluck up the tares, but the Lord 
commanded them to let both the wheat and the tares grow up together until the harvest was 
ripe, lest they root up the tender wheat while destroying the tares, Then at the end of the 
harvest, they were to go forth and gather the wheat and bind the tares to be burned, In the 
explanation of this parable, the Lord laid to his disciples that "the harvest is the end of the 
world; and the reapers are the angels." 15. 58 

The tares and the wheat are growing together and have been growing in the same field for all 
these years, but the day is near at hand when the wheat will be garnered, and the tares 
likewise will be gathered to be burned, and there will come a separation, the righteous from 
the wicked. And it behooves each one of us to keep the commandments of the Lord, to 
repent of our sins, to turn unto righteousness, if there is need of repentance in our hearts. 

in bundles to be burned, The wheat is being garnered into bams, and the day of separation is 
near at hand. Even the Church shall be cleansed, and those who are of the world, who are 
numbered among the members of the Church, will be cast out, and will find their place 
among those who are unworthy, where there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 16. 60 

Build up and strengthen the members of the Church in faith in God; goodness knows we 
need it. There are so many influences at work to divide us asunder, right among the members 
of the Church, and there is going to come, one of these days in the near future, a separation 
of the wheat from the tares, and we are either wheat or tares, We are going to be on one side 
or the other. 16. 61 

The time will come, just as sure as we live, that there will be a separation between the 
righteous and the unrighteous. 16. 62 Those who will not keep the law of the Lord will deny 
the faith, for he will withdraw his Spirit from them if they do not repent, after laboring with 
them and doing all that is possible to keep them in the line of duty. He will withdraw his 
Spirit from them and they will be left unto themselves, They must take one side or the other, 
for this separation must surely come. 16. 63 ANGELS NOW REAPING THE EARTH. 
"Verily I say unto you, ye are clean, but not all; and there is none else with whom I am well 
pleased." That was said of the Church over 100 years ago. The Lord is not pleased with us 
today, for we are not clean, all of us, "For all flesh is corrupted before me; and the powers of 
darkness prevail upon the earth, among the children of men, in the presence of all the hosts 
of heaven — Which causeth silence to reign, and all eternity is pained, and the angels are 
waiting the great command to reap down the earth, to gather the tares that they may be 
burned; and, behold, the enemy is combined. "17. 64 


That revelation was given January 2, 1831, and in that day the Lord said that all flesh was 
corrupt before him, What did he say about all flesh in the days of Noah? 17. 65 Do you think 
the world has improved? If you do, you have not read very carefully these scriptures, So the 
angels were waiting, 100 years ago, to go forth to bind the tares and reap down the earth. 

President Wilford Woodruff declared by revelation, after the dedication of the Salt Lake 
Temple, that the angels spoken of here, who were waiting to go forth to bind the tares and to 
reap down the earth, had been loosed and sent on their mission. 17. 66 

You will remember in the parable of the tares the Lord said to his servants that they were not 
to disturb the tares, lest in rooting them up they would root up the wheat also, because the 
blade was tender, Let both, he said, remain until the harvest is fully ripe. Then he tells us that 
that harvest was to come at the end of the world. 17. 67 

As far back as 1893 the prophet of the Lord, President Wilford Woodruff, declared that the 
angels had been sent out to bind the tares and to prepare the earth for the burning; and yet 
the burning is not to come until the earth is ripe in iniquity. 18. 68 

REBELLIOUS TO BE CUT OFF AT SECOND COMING. The 22nd and 23rd verses of the 
3rd chapter of Acts have reference to Christ and are yet to be fulfilled. They are as follows: 
"For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you 
of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye heir in all things whatsoever he shall say unto 
you. And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be 
destroyed from among the people. "18. 69 

This is in keeping with the expression in the first section of the Doctrine and Covenants that 
"the day cometh that they who will not hear the voice of the Lord, neither the voice of his 
servants, neither give heed to the words of the prophets and apostles, shall be cut off from 
among the people." 18. 70 

This prophet of whom Moses spoke is Christ, and when he sees fit to speak and to give 
commandments unto the people, with the power and force with which it shall be given at 
some future time, not only will the members of the Church be removed who refuse to hear, 
but his judgments shall go forth upon the nations and upon the ungodly among them, who 
shall perish, and that day is near at hand. 18. 7 1 





bloodshed and terror, selfish ambition of despotic rulers, such as the world has never before 
seen, all indicate that the great and dreadful day of the Lord is very near, even at our doors. 
We have been warned by the prophets from the beginning of time. They have declared, by 
revelation from the Lord, that in this present day, confusion, bloodshed, misery, plague, 
famine, earthquake, and other calamities, would cover the face of the earth. 19. 1 The Lord 
told his disciples of these dreadful scenes and said men's hearts would fail them because of 
these things coming upon the earth. 19. 2 . . . 

It is very evident from what we see daily in the papers that we are living in perilous times. 
The present condition of the world should not, however, cause us any great surprise for we 
have been amply informed that these days are at hand. Only the unbelieving and rebellious 
against the teachings of our Lord and his prophets have failed to comprehend these 
momentous events. . . . 

ENOCH SAW TRIBULATIONS OF LAST DAYS. Enoch saw our day; in fact, the Lord 
revealed to him the history of mankind from the beginning to the end of time. He was 
anxious to know when the day would come wherein this earth should be cleansed from all 
the iniquity upon its face and have rest. The Lord answered him: 

"As I live, even so will I come in the last days, in the days of wickedness and vengeance, to 
fulfill the oath which I have made unto you concerning the children of Noah; And the day 
shall come that the earth shall rest, but before that day the heavens shall be darkened, and a 
veil of darkness shall cover the earth; and the heavens shall shake, and also the earth; and 
great tribulations shall be among the children of men, but my people will I preserve." 20. 3 

WORLD AS CORRUPT AS IN NOAH'S DAY. Our Savior promised that the days 
preceding his second coming will be typical of the days of the flood. A glance at the 6th 
chapter of Genesis will reveal the conditions of the world in the days of Noah and the flood 
and the reason for the cleansing by water.20. 4 This comparison is not to be taken 
figuratively, but literally, as it is given. The world today is corrupt and filled with violence as 
it was at that earlier day, for now, as then, all flesh has corrupted its way upon the earth. The 
Lord promised that he would never again destroy the entire world with a flood of water, but 
he did promise to cleanse it the second time with sword and with fire. 

We may safely say that today the anger of the Lord is kindled against this generation for its 
wickedness, and the earth again groans under the weight of iniquity which is practiced upon 
its face. The Almighty has not forgotten his promise made to Enoch, and the day is soon at 
hand when the earth again will be cleansed of all iniquity and shall rest for a thousand years. 



LORD SENDS WARS AND TURMOIL IN LAST DAYS. It is very displeasing to some 
self- righteous souls to have anyone speak of these things and say that punishment, by war, 
pestilence, famine and the disturbance of the elements, is coming upon mankind by decree of 
a just God, because of the transgressions of his holy laws. Nevertheless this happens to be 
the case, for the Lord has declared it. His anger is kindled against the abominations and sins 
of the world. 21.6 

The evidence that the great and dreadful day of the Lord is near, as declared by Malachi and 
Moroni,21. 7 is seen in the many signs of the times. In discoursing upon the scene which 
should precede his coming, the Savior said that there should be "wars and rumors of wars," 
for "nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be 
famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places." Moreover there were to be 
many "great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the 
very elect." When we see the fig tree putting forth its leaves we know that summer is 
nigh.21. 8 This comparison the Lord made to the signs of his second coming. 

we are living in a most wonderful age, the greatest in many respects this world has ever seen. 
There are great signs and wonders in the earth, such as were never given to man before. The 
great discoveries, inventions, the pouring out of learning, theory and principle both true and 
false, by which many are deceived, are signs and wonders which are given us and which we 
should heed. 21.9 The airplane swiftly winging its way through the heavens; the radio 
bringing to us the voices of men from all parts of the earth; the great engineering and 
mechanical undertakings which bring the many conveniences to man; the building of 
skyscrapers and the harnessing of electricity and making it work in its various forms; the 
great medical discoveries and surgical skill with the thousand and one other great wonders, 
have all been given through the will and power of God. 

There is trouble in the earth among the elements as well as among mankind. 22. 10 The 
hearts of men in the nations are failing them. Earthquakes are extremely frequent and "in 
divers places." In these and numerous other ways we see the fig tree putting forth its leaves, 
and we have had the warning. Yet many, if not most, of the inhabitants of the world fail to 
see anything significant in all of this, and they say that things are going on as they have been 
doing from the beginning. 22. 1 1 

BLINDNESS OF PEOPLE IN LAST DAYS. One of the great signs is the lack of faith in 
God and the rapid departure from the fundamentals of the Christian doctrines by the people 
of the earth, fulfilling the prediction of the Lord that when he comes he will scarcely find 
faith on the earth. 22. 12 

One of the marked signs of the last days is the blindness of the people; we arc told they 


would have eyes and see not, and ears but hear not, and hearts but understand not. If in the 
days of Jesus this was true of the Jews and surrounding nations, it is doubly so now in 
relation to the nations with which we are acquainted.22. 13 

All of these signs and wonders with the commotion in the earth, Moroni told Joseph Smith, 
were about to come upon the world, and to impress the youthful Prophet with the 
significance of these events the angel quoted the words of the prophets who many centuries 
ago wrote of these things. 22. 14 

in the slough of wickedness. Bitterness and hate have entered the hearts of the mighty; their 
hearts are failing them, and fear has overtaken them. Surely the word of the Lord is true: 

"The whole world groaneth under sin and darkness even now." 23. 15 In our own fair land, 
said by the Lord to be choice above all other lands, dissatisfaction, distress, and turmoil 
reign. Strikes have for many months crippled industry. Capital and labor are at cross 
purposes. Property is being wantonly and maliciously destroyed. Force is being used to 
accomplish selfish ends. Legislation is advocated to help to reach such ends. Discontent and 
hatred are born of such conditions. 

In the midst of all this turmoil and destruction the Latter-day Saints should dwell in peace 
and safety. This they may do if they will be honest with themselves, with their fellowmen, 
and with their God.23. 16 

stated that practically every speaker up to that time had said something about the depression. 
I suppose I will not be out of place if I too say something about it. I would like to place the 
blame for it where it belongs. It is so easy for mankind to blame somebody else for their own 
mistakes, and so easy for us, because of our human nature, to take credit when the thing that 
is accomplished is something that pleases and benefits. But we never want to shoulder a 
responsibility for our mistakes that do not please, and so we endeavor to place that kind of 
responsibility somewhere else and on others. 

When the children of Israel came out of Egypt, they were led by Moses as he was directed of 
the Lord. Constantly they murmured against him, when they found themselves confronting 
difficulties, and wanted to go back to Egypt to their tasks and to their tribulation. 23. 17 

Now, brethren and sisters, let us shoulder our own responsibilities and not endeavor to place 
them somewhere else. The responsibility for this depression is partly mine; it is partly yours. 
It is the fault of the farmer, of the merchant, of the educator, the business man, the 
professional man — in fact, men in all walks of life. That is where the responsibility belongs. 
And why? Because of a failure to heed the commandments of God. 

I say it is partly mine. It is mine insofar as I may have failed to heed the commandments. It is 


mine wherein I may have failed to follow the counsels that have been given from this pulpit 
for many years. It is your fault because you too, perhaps, have failed to heed those counsels. 
It is the fault of the whole world, because they have refused to hear the word of God, to heed 
the warnings that have come from him, not only through ancient prophets and apostles but in 
the words that have been declared from time to time by modem prophets. 

ECONOMIC DEPRESSION: A SIGN OF THE TIMES. The world today is full of 
selfishness, greed, the desire to possess. For many years we have been living extravagantly. 
Our wants have been supplied -- not our needs alone, but our wants — and we have wanted 
much. Most of us have been able to obtain them, and now a time comes when we find 
ourselves somewhat curtailed, hedged around about, not having so many privileges, and our 
desires are not so fully granted, and so we begin to complain. But we should get rid of our 
selfishness and greed, our desire to possess that which is beyond the needs and blessings 
which are really ours. 

It is time for men to humble themselves, to repent and seek the Lord. I think the general 
theme of this conference has been that of repentance. I think it is most timely. I have been 
crying repentance up and down through the stakes of Zion for years. I think it is needed. 

Depression has come because we have forsaken God. Now, I am not speaking of the 
Latter-day Saints when I say that. I make this saying have general application. The people of 
this nation, and the people of other nations, have forsaken the Lord. We have violated his 
laws. We have failed to hearken to his promises. We have not considered that we were under 
obligation to keep his commandments, and the laws of the land as well as the laws of God 
are not respected. The Sabbath day has become a day of pleasure, a day of boisterous 
conduct, a day in which the worship of God has departed, and the worship of pleasure has 
taken its place. I am sorry to say that many of the Latter-day Saints are guilty of this. We 
should repent. 25. 18 


REBELLION AGAINST GOD: A SIGN OF THE TIMES. In this land, as well as in other 
lands, men have forgotten God. They are not worshiping him with all their might, mind, and 
strength. They are not worshiping him at all. I am speaking now of the general run of 
mankind. Instead of keeping his commandments they are violating them. More people 
disregard the commandments than keep them. 

This rebellion against God — for that is what it is — is not confined to those who do not 
profess religion or even to belief in the Lord Jesus Christ, for the evil has crept within the 
borders of the Church itself, and there are many who call themselves Latter-day Saints who 
are guilty of these offenses. 

In the opening prayer Brother Parker Robison prayed that this nation, of which we form a 


part, might, through repentance, escape the judgments that are predicted, and which will 
follow in case there is not repentance. Let me read the word of the Lord concerning this land, 
as it is contained in the second chapter of the Book of Ether: 

"And he [the Lord] had sworn in his wrath unto the brother of Jared, that whoso should 
possess this land of promise, from that time henceforth and forever, should serve him, the 
true and only God, or they should be swept off when the fulness of his wrath should come 
upon them. And now, we can behold the decrees of God concerning this land, that it is a land 
of promise; and whatsoever nation shall possess it shall serve God, or they shall be swept off 
when the fulness of his wrath shall come upon them. And the fulness of his wrath cometh 
upon them when they are ripened in iniquity." Then we are informed that the God of this 
land is Jesus Christ. 26. 19 

WICKEDNESS BRINGS STRIKES, WAR, DISTRESS. I fear for the United States, and I 
fear for other nations, The trouble that we read about in Spain, today, is the result of 
accumulated wickedness continuing down through ages. Peoples are not destroyed in 
righteousness, but in wickedness, and the Lord has decreed that the wicked shall slay the 
wicked, and in that land that is taking place today.26. 20 Similar things will take place in 
other lands; and this country, in which we live, shall not escape, unless men turn again to the 
worship of God and accept Jesus Christ. They have discarded him, and they have ridiculed 
his commandments. 

The Lord said, "Why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?" 26. 2 1 
Again he said, "If thou lovest me thou shalt serve me and keep all my commandments." 


Are we serving the Lord? Are we keeping his commandments? Or are we following the trend 
of the times and the evils of the times? This land in which we live is full of trouble. Other 
lands are filled with trouble, contention and strife. The strikes that are taking place, the 
commotion, the distress, the troubles we see on every side, are the result of wickedness. 

They do not come from righteousness. These things do not come because the people are 
loving the Lord, but because they have forsaken him, and because the time has come for the 
harvest and reaping of the earth. 27. 23 

been called during the last few weeks to a number of conditions prevailing in our own land, 
and in other lands, of a very evil nature. In a far off part of the world there has been a terrible 
earthquake — thousands of people have lost their lives. In our own land during the past few 
months, in a season when the land is usually covered with snow, in some of our middle 
states the people have been troubled with dust storms. 

We have had a touch of it in our own land here. The whirlwinds have raised the surface of 
the earth in clouds of dust and carried it off to deposit it somewhere else, and in this way 


there has been great destruction. It has caused considerable commotion, in addition to the 
distress, and some alarm among those who have taken particular notice. Our scientists fear 
that unless something is done to protect the land, this country in many places, now fruitful, 
may eventually become barren and unproductive. 

There are reasons for these unfavorable conditions. Now what I am about to say will not be 
considered scientific and perhaps will be ridiculed by those who consider themselves to be 
scientific, but I do not care a thing about that. I want to say to you, my brethren and sisters, 
that the hand of the Lord is in this. It is not all because men have left the ground in such 
condition that the wind can disturb its surface, but it is because men violate the 
commandments of God and refuse to hearken unto his word: and these things are in 
fulfilment of the predictions that have been made by the prophets of old and also the 
prophets in our own time. . . . 

the Lord that there should come upon the people disaster, trouble, calamity, and depression 
(as we have got into the habit of speaking of some of our troubles), but because man himself 
will violate the commandments of God and will not walk in righteousness, the Lord permits 
all of these evils to come upon him. In the beginning, the Lord blessed the earth for men's 
sake. 28. 24 It was his intention that men, if they would only keep the commandments of the 
Lord, should have the good things of the earth and live in peace and happiness in the spirit of 
righteousness. . . . 

The Lord has made the declaration in our own day that it was his good pleasure to give to 
men the fulness of the earth, and the Lord is pleased to have them Use it, and he would pour 
out upon them his blessings in abundance if they would only hearken and be obedient to the 
laws which he has given them for their guidance.28. 25 But, men are rebellious; they are not 
willing to live in that law and profit thereby; they are not willing to receive the good things 
of the earth as the Lord would give to them in abundance; but in their narrow-mindedness, 
shortsightedness, and in their greed and selfishness, they think they know better than the 
Lord does. And so, they pursue another course, and the result is that the blessings of the 
Lord are withdrawn, and in the place thereof come calamity, destruction, plagues, and 
violence. Men have themselves to blame. 28. 26 

we have affliction. We wonder why we do not have the best of health. 28. 27 From this which 
I have read, 28. 28 we may very properly infer that affliction sometimes comes upon us 
because we ourselves are not faithful in the performance of duty and in keeping the 
commandments of the Lord. 28. 29 

What a pity it is that people will pay little heed to sacred counsels, and in their madness and 
love of the things of the world take the hard road and have to receive punishment when there 
is a means of escape. When these calamities come, what right have the people of Zion to 


expect protection! And, if the righteous among them are called upon to suffer, the sin will be 
at the door of the rebellious who have not hearkened to this counsel. 29. 30 

WITHDRAWAL OF SPIRIT BRINGS CALAMITIES. Now, that was a calamity which 
came upon the world, when the Lord decreed that he would withhold his spirit from the 
inhabitants of the earth.29. 3 1 He had no reference to the Holy Ghost, because they never had 
the gift of the Holy Ghost, but he had reference to the light of truth, or Spirit of Christ, which 
would lead them to the truth, if they would heed it. This spirit he was withdrawing from 
them because of their wickedness, and the withdrawal of his spirit would bring upon them 
these calamities — the pestilences, the plagues, and all the rest of it that is mentioned here, 
including bloodshed, and war. 

instructed his brethren and informed them of the calamities that were to come. He warned 
the world of its wickedness, and he told these good men of the Council of the Twelve, who 
were associated with him, that because of the wickedness of the world and its corruption, 
destruction would come upon it.29. 32 Some of these brethren say that as he told them of 
these things he wept as our Savior wept when he looked upon Jerusalem. 29. 33 

President Wilford Woodruff, speaking of this testimony and this warning to the world which 
the Prophet had seen in vision of things which were coming upon the earth, said: "I heard the 
Prophet Joseph Smith bear his testimony to these events that would transpire in the earth," 
and after predicting that they were now at our doors, President Woodruff said also: "We 
cannot draw a veil over the events that await this generation. No man that is inspired by the 
Spirit and power of God can close his ears, his eyes, or his lips, to these things." I think we 
have no right to close our ears, and we have no right to be silent and shut our eyes against 
the warnings that the Lord has given and placed before us which we are commanded to 
declare to the nations of the earth. . . . 

I heard President Wilford Woodruff, in this stand, this same place where I stand, bear 
witness as he had done in other places, in 1893 , and up to the time of his death, that the 
angels who had been waiting to go forth to reap down the earth had now been sent upon that 
mission, and they were in the earth. Therefore, he said we may look for calamities, for 
destruction, for plague and bloodshed.30. 34 . . . 

WICKEDNESS IS INCREASING IN WORLD. Let me call your attention to the fact that 
this world is not growing better. If I may be pardoned for the expression: We need not "kid" 
ourselves into thinking that this world is growing better. If so, then the prophecies have 
failed. 30. 35 This world today is full of wickedness. That wickedness is increasing. True, 
there are many righteous people scattered throughout the earth, and it is our duty to search 
them out and give unto them the gospel of Jesus Christ and bring them out of Babylon. The 
Lord has said to them: "Go ye out from Babylon," which is the world.30. 36 . . . 


If you think the world is getting better, just observe and witness the vulgarity and the near- 
approach to indecency that we find published in some pictorial magazines and so frequently 
on the screen. Think of the corruption and the debasing conditions due to the indulgence in 
liquor and tobacco and other narcotics and drugs. Think of the immorality which is so 
prevalent throughout the country. 

We are made aware of the evils which existed in our army camps by the reports in the paper, 
the magazines, and from the lips of our own boys who have returned. Now pressure is 
brought upon us to bring to pass the compulsion of our youth at the tender years when they 
are most impressionable, and force them into military camps where they will have no 
protection, or very little, from the vices which are so prevalent in army camps. I want to say 
to you, my brethren and sisters, for one, I am opposed to it!31. 37 

WORLD CONDITIONS WILL GET WORSE. We hear occasionally somebody make the 
statement that things are as bad as they could be, that they could not be worse. I want to tell 
you they could be worse, a great deal worse. If I read the signs of the times, we have not 
suffered yet as much as we are going to suffer, unless we repent. 

From this stand men have prophesied in the name of the Lord for many decades. President 
Brigham Young, President John Taylor, President Wilford Woodruff, and others of our 
leading brethren and presidents of the Church, have raised the warning voice. They have 
called attention to these present conditions. The Lord has also prophesied of these things, 
and they have been mentioned by ancient seers and prophets. We have had ample warning. 
We have been told of the calamities that are coming. We have been taught how we might 
avoid them, how we might be protected, if we would only hear the counsels that come to us, 
heed the testimony of truth. If we fail, we cannot escape. . . . 

Do not think that we have reached a condition where things could not be worse. Unless there 
is repentance they will be worse. And so I cry repentance to this people, to the Latter-day 
Saints, to the people of this nation, and to the nations of the earth everywhere. 32. 38 


HOW ZION MAY ESCAPE THE LORD'S SCOURGE. "Nevertheless, Zion shall escape if 
she observe to do all things whatsoever I have commanded her. But if she observe not to do 
whatsoever I have commanded her, I will visit her according to all her works, with sore 
affliction, with pestilence, with plague, with sword, with vengeance, with devouring fire. 
Nevertheless, let it be read this once to her ears, that I, the Lord, have accepted of her 
offering; and if she sin no more none of these things shall come upon her."32. 39 

This way of escape, insuring the protection of the Lord, is a very simple one. Unfortunately, 
many of the people of Zion have refused to take advantage of this promise. 32. 40 


As I observe conditions among the people I cannot see how we are going to escape when the 
judgments are to pass over the nations, which are promised in this revelation and in others 
which I cannot take time to read. Because of our disobedience and our failure to keep the 
commandments of the Lord, the righteous, as in times past, may be called upon to suffer with 
the unrighteous among us. 32. 41 

ARE THE SAINTS KEEPING THE COMMANDMENTS? So I rejoiced in having the voice 
of warning raised. Are we keeping the Sabbath day holy, as Latter-day Saints, when the 
picture shows are filled every Sunday afternoon and evening, and that, too, in communities 
of Latter-day Saints; when the pleasure resorts are crowded on the Sabbath day; when we 
turn our attention to Sunday pleasure rather than to the worship of God? Do we have a claim 
upon his blessings, and are we entitled to have the angels of destruction pass us by, 
according to the promise that is given here, 33 . 42 if we will keep the commandments of God? 
Are we doing it? 

Are we guilty of finding fault with those who preside over us? Are we willing to listen to the 
counsels that they give to us, and receive the voice of God as it comes through the one who 
stands to represent him as his mouthpiece upon the face of the earth? How many of us are 
willing to do that? We stood upon our feet here this morning and sang, "We Thank Thee, O 
God, for a Prophet," and yet there are some among us who criticize him, who find fault with 
him. When he speaks by the power of the inspiration of Almighty God, we are ready to 
condemn him, as we have done in times past. 

Do you think, under these conditions, that we are prepared to escape from these penalties 
here enumerated in this revelation, given on the 2nd day of August in the year 1833, a month 
after our people had been driven from their homes for violating the commandments which 
they solemnly had promised they would keep? 

REPENTANCE NEEDED TO ESCAPE CALAMITIES. I want to raise the warning voice, 
and I am doing it among the stakes of Zion, as you happen to know. I want to cry repentance. 
Are we keeping ourselves clean and pure and unspotted from the sins of the world, and are 
we entitled to receive the blessings? 

I want to tell you the judgments have gone forth and they are going forth. All these strikes 
that are taking place, this commotion, this unrest, this dissatisfaction, this desire on the part 
of people to overthrow governments -- and that is going to come, for hasn't the Lord said that 
he will make an end of all nations? Is it not so recorded in these revelations? 33 . 43 And so it 
must be. The angels of destruction have gone forth upon their mission. . . . 

The judgments of the Almighty are being poured out, and they shall continue, for the 
Prophet of God has said it. We shall not escape, unless we repent, turn to the Lord, honor our 
priesthood, and our membership in this Church, and be true and faithful to our covenants. 

34 44 


SAINTS MAY ESCAPE PLAGUES BY OBEDIENCE. Now, my brethren and sisters, in 
this time of peace — I do not know how long it will last — in this day of prosperity let us be 
humble and remember the Lord and keep his commandments and feel that the dangers before 
us are far greater than they are in the days of trial and tribulation. Do not think for a moment 
that the days of trial are over. They are not. If we keep the commandments of the Lord, we 
shall prosper, we shall be blessed; the plagues, the calamities that have been promised will 
be poured out upon the peoples of the earth, and we shall escape them, yea, they shall pass 
us by. 

But remember the Lord says if we fail to keep his word, if we walk in the ways of the world, 
they will not pass us by, but we shall be visited with floods and with fire, with sword and 
with plague and destruction. We may escape these things through faithfulness. Israel of old 
might have escaped through faithfulness, but they refused to keep the commandments of the 
Lord and they were not saved.34 45 Therefore I plead with you: Pay your tithing, 34. 46 keep 
the Word of Wisdom, 34. 47 pray unto the Lord, honor him in all things by keeping his 
commandments, that his blessings may be poured out and that we may receive them in 
abundance, 34. 48 and in humility we may walk before him and be entitled not only to the 
blessings that come to us in this mortal life, but to the blessings of eternal life, the greatest 
gift of God.34. 49 

through obedience to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Will we escape? When I see, even among 
the Latter-day Saints the violation of the laws of the Lord, I fear and I tremble. I have been 
crying repentance among the stakes of Zion for 30 years, calling upon the people to turn to 
the Lord, keep his commandments, observe the Sabbath day, pay their honest tithing, do 
everything the Lord has commanded them to do, to live by every word that proceedeth forth 
from the mouth of God. 

By doing this we shall escape the calamities. 

I am going to repeat what I have said before, for which I have been severely criticized from 
certain quarters, that even in this country we have no grounds by which we may escape, no 
sure foundation upon which we can stand, and by which we may escape from the calamities 
and destruction and the plagues and the pestilences, and even the devouring fire by sword 
and by war, unless we repent and we keep the commandments of the Lord, for it is written 
here in these revelations. 

So I cry repentance to the Latter-day Saints, and I cry repentance to the people of the United 
States, as well as to the people of all the earth.35. 50 

HOW TO BETTER WORLD CONDITIONS. The Lord intends that men shall be happy; that 
is his purpose. But men refuse to be happy and make themselves miserable because they 


think their ways are better than God's ways, and because of selfishness, greed, and the 
wickedness that is in their hearts; and that is the trouble with us today. The leaders of our 
nation are struggling and trying to do something to better conditions. I can tell you in a few 
words just how it can be done, and it is not going to be done by legislation — it is not going 
to be done by pouring money out upon the people. 

Temporary relief is not going to better the situation because we will still be struggling and 
fighting and contending with crime, with disease, with plagues, and with pestilence, with the 
whirlwinds, and with the dust storms, and with the earthquakes and everything else coming 
upon the face of the earth, according to the predictions of the prophets — all because men 
will not heed the warning voice. 

When we quit loving money and get the love of gold out of our hearts and the greed and 
selfishness, and learn to love the Lord, our God, with all our hearts, and our neighbor as 
ourselves, and get on our knees and learn to pray and repent of our sins, we will have 
prosperity, we will have peace, we will have contentment. But the people will not repent no 
matter what warning is made, no matter how much their attention is called to these things; 
the people will not repent because their hearts are set upon evil, and destruction awaits them. 
36. 5 1 

the greater portion of the earth at this time should be in turmoil, that the great nations abroad 
should be at war and in such deadly conflict [1916], Nevertheless, I realize that these are 
judgments that have come upon these nations, who have departed from the gospel of the 
Lord and have not repented of their sins, and will not hearken to the message of the elders of 
Israel. These judgments now being poured out on the nations have been predicted by the 
prophets and they are coming because of the iniquities that exist in the earth. 

If the people were of one mind, if they were of one heart, if they were living the gospel of 
our Lord, as he has instructed us to live it, then such conditions could not possibly prevail. 
The Lord has declared that unless we are one we are not his, 36. 52 and where his gospel has 
taken hold of the people there cannot be such bitterness of feeling, contention and 
bloodshed, as we find over the greater portion of the earth today. The present condition of 
the world is an incontrovertible evidence that the power and purity of the gospel is not to be 
found in their churches and that they are not in fellowship with the Lord.37. 53 

WHY THE RIGHTEOUS DIE IN WAR. Why do the righteous have to suffer, and why does 
the Lord take some of our good boys away when he brings judgment upon the people? 

The Lord says he pours his blessings upon the just and the unjust. 37. 54 Again he said it 
must needs be that offenses come, but woe be to them by whom they come. 37. 55 All 
through the ages some of the righteous have had to suffer because of the acts of the 
unrighteous, but they will get their reward.37. 56 Many of those who are taken in these days 


of battle are called because they are needed for work on the other side. They are not to be 
condemned because they are taken away when judgments are being poured out, for no 
condemnation can be laid at their doors. Evidently there is a need for them on the other side. 





war, the Lord has told us that beginning with the rebellion Of South Carolina great 
destructions would come, and they would continue to be poured out upon the earth until the 
time should come when the decrees of God would be fully consummated, finished, and he 
would make an end of all nations. 38. 1 I look for that to be fulfilled, and Christ will come to 
reign; his kingdom will be established on earth as in heaven, as he has taught us to pray: 

"Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be 
done in earth, as it is in heaven."38. 2 I pray for that time to come. 

I plead with the Latter-day Saints to stand firm and faithful in the discharge of every duty, 
keeping the commandments of the Lord, honoring the priesthood, that we may stand when 
the Lord comes — whether we be living or dead, it matters not — to be partakers of this glory. 
Remember, when this time comes, this earth is to be cleansed of its unrighteousness, and the 
wicked shall be as stubble and shall pass away.38. 3 

LORD DESTROYED WICKED IN FLOOD OF NOAH. God said unto Noah: "The end of 
all flesh is come before me, for the earth is filled with violence, and behold I will destroy all 
flesh from off the earth."38 4 It should be remembered that the Lord said he would do it! 

So the Lord commanded Noah to build an ark into which he was to take his family and the 
animals of the earth to preserve seed after the flood, and all flesh that was not in the ark 
perished according to the Lord's decree. Of course this story is not believed by the wise and 
the great among the children of men, any more than was Noah's story in his day. 

start men again became carnal, sensual, and devilish upon the earth, and drastic punishment 
had to be meted out to some of the earth's inhabitants once more according to the Lord's 
decree. In the days of Abraham there were two cities known as Sodom and Gomorrah in 


which wickedness was without measure, and the Lord said to Abraham that he was going to 
destroy these cities. 

Abraham pleaded with the Lord to spare them, which the Lord promised to do if 1 0 
righteous souls could be found therein. Since this could not be done "the Lord rained upon 
Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven," and these cities 
with all their inhabitants were destroyed.39. 5 And again the Lord said he did it! But the 
self-righteous and the wise of this present day say this is not a true record, for a merciful 
God would not do such a thing even if the people were wicked. 

promised to give to Abraham for an everlasting inheritance all of this land where Sodom and 
Gomorrah were and all of the land from "the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river 
Euphrates," but Abraham was told that his posterity could not possess the land for 400 years, 
because "the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full." 39. 6 When the time came and the 
wickedness of the Amorites was full, the Lord commanded Israel to take their armies and 
cleanse the land of this wickedness and take possession of the inheritance which had been 
promised their father Abraham.40. 7 

ISRAEL AND JUDAH CURSED FOR INIQUITY. And thus, down through the ages, we 
discover, if we are willing to believe what is written in the scriptures, that judgments and 
destructions had to be poured out upon the wicked because they would not repent. Even the 
kingdoms of Israel and Judah were destroyed and the people scattered because of the anger 
of the Lord which was kindled against them for their transgressions. 40. 8 At least this is the 
case if we are willing to believe the word of the Lord given through his prophets. 

JAREDITES DESTROYED FOR REJECTING CHRIST. Not only were these punishments 
meted out to the inhabitants of the so-called old world, but destructions awaited the 
inhabitants of this western world for the same cause. Through their prophets they were 
constantly reminded that this land is "choice above all other lands, which the Lord God had 
preserved for a righteous people." And he. the Lord, had "sworn in his wrath unto the brother 
of Jared, that whoso should possess this land of promise, from that time henceforth and 
forever, should serve him. the true and only God, or they should be swept off when the 
fulness of his wrath should come upon them." 40. 9 When these people refused to worship 
the true and living God, then his wrath came upon them — if we are willing to believe the 
record — and they were swept off.40. 10 

people came to possess the land under all the blessings of protection and guidance of the 
Lord. These same promises and warnings were made to the second group of inhabitants, and 
the prophets who were raised up among them constantly warned them of these promises the 
Lord had made. 41.11 But these people also fell from grace, and the wrath of the Almighty 
came upon them. So wicked had they become at the time of the crucifixion of our Lord that 

it became necessary for him to destroy many of their cities by earthquake, flood, fire, and 
other forms of destruction. 


Yes, it is true, the same meek and lowly Nazarene, who came into the world and offered 
himself a sacrifice for sin because of the great love his Father and he had for the human 
family — he "who is infinite and eternal, from everlasting to everlasting the same 
unchangeable God," 41.12 who loves little children and suffered them to come unto him -- 
found himself under the necessity of meting out punishment to the inhabitants of this choice 
land and that too in a most drastic fashion. Hearken to his words which he uttered after his 

"Wo, wo, wo unto this people; wo unto the inhabitants of the whole earth except they shall 
repent; for the devil laugheth, and his angels rejoice, because of the slain of the fair sons and 
daughters of my people; and it is because of their iniquity and abomination that they are 
fallen! Behold that great city Zarahemla have 1 burned with fire, and the inhabitants thereof. 
And behold, that great city Moroni have I caused to be sunk in the depths of the sea, and the 
inhabitants thereof to be drowned. And behold, that great city Moronihah have I covered 
with earth, and the inhabitants thereof, to hide their iniquities and their abominations from 
before my face, that the blood of the prophets and the saints shall not come any more unto 
me against them." 41.13 

The Lord also sent destructions upon the cities of Gilgal, Onihah, Mocum, Jerusalem, 
Gadiandi, Gadiomnah, Jacob, Gimgimno, Jacobugath, Laman, Josh, Gad, Kishkumen and 
others. 41. 14 

DESTRUCTION AWAITS WICKED OF OUR DAY. But, says the self-righteous 
modernist, such things could not be, for God is "a God of Love," and the Savior "a man of 
peace," and the God I worship does not "decree death upon farmers, factory hands," and 
"women and children, regardless of who has sinned!" 

We who live in the present day should take heed and profit by the experiences of those who 
have gone before and not fall into their grievous errors. We should remember that the same 
warnings have been given to us and "to all the inhabitants of the earth," that destruction 
awaits this age unless they refrain from wickedness and abominations. Let us not forget that 
the Lord said that it should be in this day as it was in the days of Noah. 42. 15 

We should remember also that he is still a "God of wrath" as well as a "God of love, and that 
he has promised to pour out his wrath upon the ungodly, and "take vengeance upon the 
wicked" who will not repent. Not only did the ancient prophets predict that such should be 
the case in these latter days, but the Lord has spoken it in our own dispensation. 42. 16 

wars. 42. 17 Why? Because of the hatred in the hearts of men, because of the wickedness in 


the hearts of men, because they will not repent. Here is another passage: "And it shall come 
to pass, because of the wickedness of the world, that I will take vengeance upon the wicked, 
for they will not repent; for the cup of mine indignation is full; for behold, my blood shall 
not cleanse them if they hear me not." 42. 1 8 

These things the Lord said through his Prophet in warnings that have come to the people of 
this nation and other lands. The Lord says the wicked will not repent, and because they will 
not repent he has decreed wars to come upon them, and the wicked shall slay the wicked, 

43. 19 and thus the earth will be cleansed, as we read in the 24th chapter of Isaiah, until there 
shall be few men left. 

I know that what I am saying is not pleasing to some people, and that I will be criticized for 
it, but I do not care about that; it is the word of the Lord, and I want to warn the Latter-day 
Saints. I am going to read another passage of scripture: "For behold, and lo, vengeance 
cometh speedily upon the ungodly as the whirlwind; and who shall escape it? The Lord's 
scourge shall pass over by night and by day, and the report thereof shall vex all people; yea, 
it shall net be stayed until the Lord come. "43. 20 

NO PEACE ON EARTH UNTIL CHRIST COMES. I read from another revelation just a 
moment ago where the Lord said that the time was coming when peace would be taken from 
the earth, 43. 21 and I declare to you that it has been taken from the earth; and I say now — no, 
I don't say it, the Lord says it — "it shall not return until the Lord comes." 

So, let them cry peace; let them seek for peace; they will not find it until Christ comes, who 
is the Prince of Peace, to take his place where he rightfully belongs as King of kings, ruling 
and reigning upon the face of the earth. There will be no peace in this land or any other land, 
but there will be plague, trial, and suffering from this time forth until Christ comes. The only 
escape is by repentance on the part of the people, and they will not repent. 

WILL SAINTS ESCAPE LATTER-DAY PERILS? What about the Latter-day Saints? In 
one passage that I have read it says that the saints will hardly escape. 43. 22 Well, I do not 
think they are going to escape. I will tell you why: "For the indignation of the Lord is 
kindled against their abominations and all their wicked works." (That is the people of the 
earth.) "Nevertheless, Zion shall escape if she observe to do all things whatsoever I have 
commanded her. But if she observe not to do whatsoever I have commanded her, I will visit 
her according to all her works, with sore affliction, with pestilence, with plague, with sword, 
with vengeance, with devouring fire. Nevertheless, let it be read this once to her ears, that I, 
the Lord, have accepted of her offering; and if she sin no more none of these things shall 
come upon her." 44. 23 

That was said over 120 years ago — in 1833. The Lord made the promise to the Latter-day 
Saints that if they would keep his commandments, they should escape when these 
destructions like a whirlwind should come suddenly — when all these trials and sufferings 


should come upon the people of the earth, the Latter-day Saints might escape if they would 
keep his commandments. 

SAINTS MUST REPENT TO ESCAPE PLAGUES. We are not keeping his commandments. 
Some of the Latter-day Saints are to the best of their ability, but many of them are not. We 
are covenant-breakers; we violate the Sabbath day, we will not keep it holy; we do not keep 
our bodies clean; I do not believe we pray -- a large part of us, I mean. As far as the fast day 
is concerned, we have forgotten it. We are not half as good as we think we are. We need 
repentance, and we need to be told to repent. We need to have our attention called to these 
conditions that we might repent and turn to the Lord with full purpose of heart lest these 
destructions come upon us. 

We do not pay our tithing — some of us pay tithing, which is one-tenth of that which we 
receive, and some of us pay donations and call it tithing; some of us do not pay at all. 44. 24 

DESTRUCTION OF WICKED AN ACT OF MERCY. Some people think it is not like God 
to take vengeance upon people, because he is a merciful God. The fact is he takes vengeance 
upon the ungodly because he is merciful. He is merciful to them in removing them and 
shows consideration for all others who keep his commandments. It was for this very reason 
that he destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, and cleansed Palestine when Israel entered the land, 
and destroyed so many Nephite cities at the time of his crucifixion. It was the meek and 
lowly Nazarene who did all of these things, because in his mercy and justice he had to 
cleanse the earth for the benefit of the sinful as well as for the righteous who remained.45. 25 


BATTLES OF ARMAGEDDON AND GOG AND MAGOG. Before the coming of Christ, 
the great war, sometimes called Armageddon,45. 26 will take place as spoken of by Ezekiel, 
chapters 38 and 39. Another war of Gog and Magog will be after the millennium.45. 27 

"TIME" OF FINAL WAR NOT REVEALED. During the past two years the question has 
constantly arisen and been discussed in priesthood classes, Sunday Schools, and in private 
conversations — "Is this great war (World War II) which has cast its evil shadow over a large 
portion of the world, and which threatens to engulf all the rest of mankind, the great last war 
to precede the second coming of our Lord, as predicted by the prophets?" 

We may answer this question by saying we truly hope that it is; but the Lord very definitely 
informed his disciples that not even the angels in heaven knew the day nor the hour when he 
should make his appearance, but his Father only. 45. 28 Therefore, unless the Lord sees fit to 
reveal to us the information, we do not know when or where this great conflict will end. Let 
us hope and pray that it may be the last struggle before permanent peace and righteousness 
shall be sent down from heaven and Christ come to take his rightful place as King of kings 
upon the earth. 46. 29 


FINAL WAR TO MAKE "A FULL END OF ALL NATIONS." In regard to the wars (World 
War II) now raging on the earth, I am sure the prophets have spoken of them. The Lord told 
Joseph Smith that the war between the States, commencing with the rebellion of South 
Carolina, was the beginning of the end. At that time peace was taken from the earth, and the 
prediction was made that beginning at that place, eventually war would be poured out upon 
all nations, bringing misery, death, mourning, famine, plague, earthquake, vivid lightnings, 
and so forth, causing the inhabitants of the earth to be made "to feel the wrath, and 
indignation, and chastening hand of an Almighty God, until the consumption decreed hath 
made a full end of all nations." 46. 30 It appears that now this is in course of fulfilment. . . . 

SIEGE OF JERUSALEM TO END FINAL WAR. Ezekiel has given us in the 38th and 39th 
chapters much in detail in relation to the great battle which shall precede the coming of the 
Son of Man to reign. Joel and Daniel also prophesied of these great events, which may even 
now be on the way to complete consummation.46. 3 1 

One thing we are given by these prophets definitely to understand is that the great last 
conflict before Christ shall come will end at the siege of Jerusalem. So said Ezekiel and 
Daniel, and the Lord declared to Joel: "For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I 
shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem [i.e. the return from captivity], I will 
also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will 
plead with them there for my people and for ray heritage Israel, whom they have scattered 
among the nations, and parted my land." 46. 32 

At this time, prophesied Joel, will the Lord judge the heathen: "Put ye in the sickle, for the 
harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their 
wickedness is great. Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the Lord 
is near in the valley of decision. "47. 33 

So we are given to understand that when the armies gather in Palestine will be the time when 
the Lord shall come in judgment and to make the eventful decision which will confound the 
enemies of his people and establish them in their ancient land forever. 

CHRIST TO COME IN MIDST OF FINAL BATTLE. Zechariah is another prophet who has 
plainly spoken of these great events. According to his predictions the nations will gather and 
lay siege to Jerusalem. Part of the city will fall, with dire consequences to its inhabitants, 
when a great earthquake will come, the Mount of Olives will cleave in twain, and the 
persecuted people will flee into this valley for safety. At that particular time will the Savior 
come as their Deliverer and show them his hands and his feet. They will look upon him and 
ask him where he received his wounds, and he will tell them they were received in the house 
of his friends — he is Jesus Christ, their Redeemer. Then will they fall to the ground and 
mourn, every family apart, because their ancestors persecuted their King and the children 
have followed in the footsteps of the feathers. 


At that time shall come the redemption of the Jews. Jerusalem shall then be rebuilt and the 
promises that it shall become a holy city will be fulfilled. The punishment which shall come 
upon those who lay siege to this land will be their destruction. The prophets have portrayed 
this in much detail with all its horrors. 47. 34 These events are confirmed in the revelations to 
the Prophet Joseph Smith, as found in the Doctrine and Covenants, particularly sections 29, 
45, and 133. 

ELDERS TO WARN OF FINAL WARS. Much more could be written in detail regarding 
these conflicts, but what is written will suffice. It is, of course, a gloomy picture; but is it not 
the duty of the elders of Israel to speak of these things with a warning voice? Shall we close 
our eyes and our ears and seal our understandings simply because some things are 
unpleasant to the ear and to the eye? Shall we refuse to raise a warning voice when danger 
approaches, when trouble is near, when destruction is at our door? Such a course would be 
cowardly if we know the truth. We cannot cry "all is well" when danger lurks on every side. 
We must not lull the people to sleep in a false security. President Woodruff declared that "no 
man that is inspired by the Spirit and power of God can close his ears, his eyes, or his lips to 
these things!" 48. 35 


NO PEACE AGAIN UNTIL CHRIST COMES. Peace has been taken from the earth, and it 
will not return until Christ comes to bring it. When that day arrives, he has promised to "send 
forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them 
which do iniquity," but when that day comes, he further says, "then shall the righteous shine 
forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. "48. 36 

One year after the organization of the Church peace could not have been taken from the 
earth, injustice, but the Lord said the time would speedily come. 48. 37 That time has come. 
Peace has departed from the world. The devil has power over his own dominion. This is 
made manifest in the actions of men, in the distress among the nations, in the troubles that 
we see in all lands, including this land which was dedicated to liberty. 

There is no peace. Men's hearts are failing them. Greed has the uppermost place in the hearts 
of men. Evil is made manifest on every side, and people are combining for their own selfish 
interests. Because of this I was glad to hear the warning voice raised by our beloved 
President and by his counselors, yesterday, and by others of the brethren who have spoken; 
for I think this should be a time of warning, not only to the Latter-day Saints, but to all the 
world. We owe it to the world to raise a voice of warning, and especially to the members of 
the Church. 49. 38 

NO WORLD PEACE BECAUSE OF WICKEDNESS. We do not need to be worrying about 
the times and the seasons when Christ shall come, but we do need to watch and pray and be 


ready. Paul, by prophecy, declares that in the day when these calamities shall come, the 
people would be saying, "peace and safety," in other words, would be seeking for safety, and 
seeking for peace, and during these very times would come destruction upon them. 49. 39 

What is the matter with the nations today? They are frightened, aren't they? Each nation is 
contending and contesting with other nations — trying to enter into agreements in regard to 
armaments, trying to curtail other nations, and trying to build up themselves — and at the 
same time asking for peace conferences and conventions, and world courts and leagues of 
nations, and everything else, in order that they might establish peace in the earth, which they 
cannot do because they will not get down to the fundamental principles upon which peace is 

As long as they have in their hearts selfishness and greed, and the desire for power and for 
wealth, and for all of the other things that belong to this world, and forget the things of the 
kingdom of God, there will be no peace, and there will be no contentment. There will be 
quarreling and contention, strife and war, and in the midst of all their labor, trouble will 
come which they could avoid, and that very easily, by repentance, getting contrite spirits and 
broken hearts, and loving their neighbors; but this they will not do. 

Isn't it the height of absurdity to think that nations calling themselves Christians, worshiping 
presumably the same God, will stand ready to spring at each other's throats? In a revelation 
given to the Church, the Lord said, "If ye are not one ye are not mine," 50 40 and in speaking 
to his disciples, when he was upon the earth, he said, "Why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do 
not the things which I say?"50. 41 

PEAR IS BASIS LOR MODERN SEARCH FOR PEACE. The nations of the earth today are 
crying for peace. But why? Is it because in their hearts is found the love of God? No! But 
because of fear — fear of their fellows. Unrighteousness, the desire to possess, the spirit of 
greed and to take advantage of others, his brought to pass a condition of unrest. These, 
together with the wickedness which is in the hearts of the people, have brought a condition 
of trouble and woe among the nations, so that they fear and tremble, not because one nation 
believes or thinks that the Lord is blessing other peoples more than he is blessing it, but 
because the nations know what is in their own hearts; and they fear that the same thing is in 
the hearts of their neighbors; and in that they are justified, for that spirit of envy and strife is 
everywhere in the world. 50. 42 

PEACE LOST BECAUSE GOSPEL REJECTED. Today we find this world torn asunder, 
wickedness prevailing in the hearts of the people, distress among the nations, bloodshed 
such as the world has never seen before. I am going to be bold enough to say that all of this 
could have been avoided; it would have been unnecessary if the inhabitants of the world had 
hearkened to the voice of the elders of Israel who are sent to them with this message of 
salvation, and which they refused to receive. 


FUTILITY OF INSINCERE PRAYERS FOR PEACE. Furthermore, we cry for peace; we 
are called upon to pray for peace, and we are praying for peace. I have never had very much 
confidence in the proclamation or the request that was made asking the people of this 
country to pray for peace, for the very good reason that it was not sincere. We cannot pray to 
the Lord and say: "Listen to our cause; bring victory to us; do what we want you to do; but 
don't ask us to do what you want us to do." 

We have heard from quite a number of those who have spoken in this conference of the 
wickedness that prevails throughout the world, the wickedness among the boys who have 
gone into the armed forces of the country, the wickedness of the people who are not in those 
forces. We all know those things are true, that immorality is rampant, that drunkenness and 
the filthy use of tobacco are weakening the constitutions of those who go out to fight, and 
these evils are also among those not in the armed forces. The world is full of evil. 51 43 

WHAT OF THE FUTURE? Trouble in the earth will continue; there will be distress, 
calamity, and perplexity among the nations. 

We need not look for peace in the immediate future because peace will not come. 
Nevertheless, we may look forward with rejoicing; we need not be downcast, but in the spirit 
of faith and hope, and in the fear of the Lord, we should look to the future with feelings of 
joy, of humility, and of worship, with the desire in our hearts, stronger if possible than ever, 
of serving the Lord and keeping his commandments, for the day of his coming draws near. 

52 44 


LORD WILL COME AS A THIEF IN NIGHT. "Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour 
your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what 
watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house 
to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of 
man cometh." 52 . 45 

So I say to you, my brethren and sisters, and to all who may hear my voice, we are living in 
the dispensation of the fulness of times. In the year 1836 one of the ancient prophets stood 
before Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery and conferred upon them certain keys that had 
been promised to be revealed before the second coming of Christ. After he had given 
authority unto these two young men, he said unto them: "By this ye may know that the great 
and dreadful day of the Lord is near, even at the doors. " 52 . 46 That was in 1836, 120 years 
ago; 120 years have passed. We are that much nearer the opening of that door and the 
coming of Christ. 

I know that there are many, and even some among the Latter-day Saints, who are saying just 
as the Lord said they would say, "The Lord delayeth his coming." 52 . 47 One man said: "It is 

impossible for Jesus Christ to come inside of three or four hundred years." But I say unto 
you, Watch. 


I do not know when he is going to come. No man knows. Even the angels of heaven are in 
the dark in regard to that great truth.52. 48 But this I know, that the signs that have been 
pointed out are here. The earth is full of calamity, of trouble. The hearts of men are failing 
them. We see the signs as we see the fig tree putting forth her leaves; and knowing this time 
is near, it behooves me and it behooves you, and all men upon the face of the earth, to pay 
heed to the words of Christ, to his apostles and watch, for we know not the day nor the hour. 
But I tell you this, it shall come as a thief in the night, when many of us will not be ready for 
it.53. 49 

fulness of the gospel for the salvation of mankind, if men would only hearken and obey his 
voice and the voice of his servants. His Church has again been established in the world, and 
the Master sent forth his servants to all parts of the earth proclaiming the day of repentance 
and salvation. These servants have gone forth crying as did the great prophet and forerunner 
of our Lord in his former coming, "Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." 53. 50 

They were promised that they should go forth with power and authority, "And the voice of 
warning shall be unto all people, by the mouths of my disciples, whom I have chosen in 
these last days. And they shall go forth and none shall stay them, for I the Lord have 
commanded them. . . . Wherefore, fear and tremble, O ye people, for what I the Lord have 
decreed in them shall be fulfilled. "5 3. 5 1 With this commission the servants of the Lord have 
gone forth with the message of salvation, and where they could not go they have sent the 
word, so that it has been proclaimed virtually in all parts of the earth.53. 52 

the history of the Church when we have been surrounded by so many evils, temptations, and 
conditions that allure and entice the children of Zion from paths of righteousness as we find 
today. It behooves each one of us to be on the alert, and constantly keep in mind the fact that 
we belong to the Church, that the Lord has given unto us the fulness of the gospel with all its 
promises, and that it depends upon our faith fulness and our obedience and integrity to these 
principles of truth and to the Church whether or not we reap the blessings. 

The Lord, in an early day, had to rebuke some of the leading elders of the Church, because 
conditions were not as they ought to be in their homes. I wonder if most of us would not 
receive a like rebuke if the Lord should speak again in like manner. In the 93rd section of the 
Doctrine and Covenants, the Lord says, "But I have commanded you to bring up your 
children in light and truth." 54. 53 All through these revelations we find this instruction that 
the parents are to bring up their children, to teach them in light and truth. 

In another section, 68, the Lord says that if parents do not teach their children so that they 


will understand the principle of baptism, and teach them to pray, and to have faith in the 
principles of the gospel, when they reach the age of accountability (eight years) that he will 
hold those parents responsible, and if their children, through lack of training, should grow up 
in ignorance of the truth and deny the faith, that he will require an accounting at the hands of 
their parents. So you see we all have a very grave responsibility.54. 54 




MILLENNIAL CLEANSING NOW AT OUR DOORS. This is the word of the Lord: "All 
flesh is corrupted before me. "55. 1 Now, the world has not improved since the Lord uttered 
those words in 1831. This earth is groaning today under the violence of corruption and sin. 
Wickedness is in the hearts of the children of men; and so it will continue according to the 
revelations of the Lord until that dad when Christ shall come in the clouds of heaven, as he 
said, in red apparel, coming in the spirit of vengeance to take vengeance on the ungodly, and 
to cleanse the earth from sin.55. 2 We speak of the time when the earth shall be cleansed 
from sin as the millennium. We look forward to it; the prophets have spoken of it. 55. 3 

In our own day messengers have come from the presence of the Lord declaring that it is even 
now at our doors, 55. 4 and yet many, even among the Latter-day Saints, go about their affairs 
as though this coming of the Lord Jesus Christ and the ushering in of this reign of peace had 
been indefinitely postponed for many generations. I say to you that it is at our doors. I say 
this with all confidence because the Lord has said its His messengers have said it as they 
have come from his presence bearing witness of him. 

ARE SAINTS PREPARED FOR MILLENNIUM? We have been warned and forewarned of 
the great and dreadful day of the Lord which is now even at our doors. Is it not time for us to 
take notice? Should not the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints be 
sober- minded, have the spirit of humility, and faith, and prayer in their hearts, endeavoring 
to know the purposes of the Lord and to stand before him in righteousness and thus be 
prepared should that day come while we are living? Is it not a fatal mistake for us to feel that 
this day is yet a long time off, that it is not to come in our generation, and therefore, we may 
in safety receive the spirit of the world, and seek after the things the world delights in, its 
follies and its wickedness? The Lord expects better things of us. He expects us to keep his 
commandments, and watch and pray and stand, as he has declared, in holy places and be not 


These are perilous times. This is a day when we are in grave danger — danger because of the 
teachings of men, danger because of the lack of faith in the hearts of men, because the 
philosophies of the world have a tendency to undermine the fundamental things of the gospel 
of Jesus Christ. These are things we must contend against. There is a spirit of indifference in 
the world toward religion today. People are not worshiping in spirit and truth, but the Lord 
expects us, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, to worship in spirit 
and truth, to walk in righteousness, and to stand in this liberty which will make us free, 
spoken of in these revelations. 56. 5 

EARTH TO BE RENEWED WHEN MILLENNIUM COMES. Latter-day Saints believe that 
the day is near, even at the doors, when Christ shall make his appearance as the rightful ruler 
of the earth. When that time comes, the whole earth and all things which remain upon its 
face shall be changed, and "the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory." 

56. 6 That means that the earth shall be brought back to a similar condition which prevailed 
when peace and righteousness ruled and before death entered with its awful stain of evil and 

When that day comes wickedness must cease and every unclean creature shall be swept from 
the earth for they will not be able to endure the changed conditions. 57. 7 

All "element shall melt with fervent heat; and all things shall become new, that my 
knowledge and glory may dwell upon all the earth. And in that day the enmity of man, and 
enmity of the beasts, yea, the enmity of all flesh, shall cease from before my face." 57. 8 

Why shall it cease? Because all things upon the face of the earth that are corruptible shall be 
removed, whether they are men or beasts, they who have wickedness in their hearts cannot 
stay — they shall be as stubble — they shall be consumed and pass away. 57. 9 And so the 
earth shall be cleansed that the knowledge of the Lord shall cover the face of the earth. 57. 10 

whatsoever any man shall ask, it shall be given unto him. And in that day Satan shall not 
have power to tempt any man. And there shall be no sorrow because there is no death. In that 
day an infant shall not die until he is old; and his life shall be as the age of a tree; And when 
he dies he shall not sleep, that is to say in the earth, but shall be changed in the twinkling of 
an eye, and shall be caught up, and his rest shall be glorious. "57. 1 1 That will be a glorious 
day. It is not a day to be dreaded by those who are righteous, but it is a day, a dreadful day, 
unto the wicked, as you can see from these scriptures, and many more to which I might 
refer, 57. 12 for all who will not put themselves in harmony with the gospel of Jesus Christ 
and with his everlasting truth, and have in their hearts peace, shall be consumed. 

It shall be in that day that the lion shall lie down with the lamb and eat straw as the ox, and 
all fear, hatred, and enmity shall depart from the earth because all things having hate in their 


hearts shall pass away; and there shall come a change, a change over men, a change over the 
beasts of the field, and upon all things living upon the face of the earth. 

According to this word I have read there shall be harmony, and love, and peace, and 
righteousness because Satan is bound that he cannot tempt any man, and that will be the 
condition that shall be upon the earth for 1,000 years. Not only that, but men shall live free 
from sin and free from the ravages of disease and death until they reach the age of 100 years. 
Infants shall not die, they shall live until they have filled the measure of their mortal 
creation. In fact, mortality shall be reduced to a minimum.58. 13 

mortality upon the face of the earth during the thousand years, because of the great work that 
is to be accomplished of salvation for the dead. During that thousand years of peace the great 
work of the Lord shall be in the temples, and into those temples the people shall go to labor 
for those who have passed beyond and who are waiting to have these ordinances which 
pertain to their salvation performed for them by those who still dwell in mortality upon the 
earth. And so there shall be mortal men, but they shall live from the time of birth until they 
are 100 years old and shall then be changed suddenly. 

Men will have power over disease, and their bodies will become vigorous and strong, for it 
will be a new creation of all things when Christ shall come. 

the Lord comes, not only is this change going to come to the earth and to those who remain 
upon the earth, to the fish of the sea, to the fowl of the air, and the beasts upon the earth, but 
the graves are to be opened, and the righteous dead, they who have kept the commandments 
of the Lord, are going to come forth; they shall receive their resurrection no matter when 
they have lived. 59. 14 

All those who have died in Christ shall come forth from the dead at his coming and shall 
dwell upon the earth as Christ shall be upon the earth during this millennium. They shall not 
remain here all the time during the thousand years, but they will mingle with those who are 
still here in mortal life. 59. 15 These resurrected saints and the Savior himself, shall come to 
give instruction and guidance; to reveal unto us the things we ought to know; to give us 
information concerning the work in the temples of the Lord so we may do the work which is 
essential to the salvation of worthy men. 

It matters not so far as we are concerned whether we die before that day comes or are living 
on the earth, for if we die in righteousness we shall be raised in the resurrection of the just, 
and shall be caught up to meet Christ in the clouds of glory when he comes to take 
possession of the earth, as King of kings and Lord of lords. This is the gospel of Jesus 
Christ. It is declared in the revelations of the Lord which are found in the Bible and the 
Doctrine and Covenants. 


not kept the commandments of the Lord, if we have been unjust, and lovers of sin and our 
hearts have been set upon evil, then we shall die and shall not live again until the thousand 
years are ended.60. 16 It is decreed that the unrighteous shall have to spend their time during 
this thousand years in the prison house prepared for them where they can repent and cleanse 
themselves through the things which they shall suffer. 

John, in his great vision, saw the rest of the dead and they lived not again until the thousand 
years were ended.60. 17 That is a calamity — it is a dreadful thing to contemplate, for there 
shall be a great host of men swept off the face of the earth because of their wickedness. The 
bodies of these will have to remain in the grave and their spirits in the spirit house to be 
taught repentance and faith in God while the thousand years of peace are progressing upon 
the earth. 

I wish, my good brethren and sisters, that we would read these revelations, that we would 
make ourselves more familiar with that which they contain, for there shall be a judgment 
when Christ comes. 60. 18 We are informed that the books shall be opened, the dead shall be 
judged out of the things which are written in the books and among the books will be the 
book of life. We shall see its pages; we shall see ourselves just as we are. And we are to 
understand with a righteous understanding that the judgments which are meted out to us are 
just and true, whether we come into the kingdom of God, to receive these glorious blessings, 
or whether we are banished into the realm of the dead. 60. 19 


MARRIAGE SUPPER OF LAMB IS AT SECOND COMING. "And a voice came out of the 
throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great. 
And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many Waters, and 
as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. 
Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, 
and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in 
fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And he saith unto 
me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he 
saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God. "61. 20 

This prophecy of the marriage of the Lamb is a figure of speech, having reference to the 
second coming of our Savior and the feast, or supper, that the righteous shall receive at his 
coming. When teaching the Jews, and more especially his disciples, the Savior spoke of the 
Bridegroom when referring to himself.61. 21 

RIGHTEOUS SAINTS ARE BRIDE OF LAMB. In Revelation, chapter 21, the comparison 
is made to a marriage of the Lamb with the city New Jerusalem: "And I John saw the holy 


city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for 
her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God 
is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall 
be with them, and be their God. . . . 

"And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven 
last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's 
wife. And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that 
great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, Having the glory of God: 
and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal." 

In the Doctrine and Covenants we find the following: "That thy church may come forth out 
of the wilderness of darkness, and shine forth fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible 
as an army with banners; And be adorned as a bride for that day when thou shalt unveil the 
heavens, and cause the mountains to flow down at thy presence, and the valleys to be 
exalted, the rough places made smooth; that thy glory may fill the earth." 62. 23 

The vision of John and the revelation to Joseph Smith both have reference to the same event, 
the second coming of our Lord in his power and glory, to receive his Church or kingdom, the 
New Jerusalem being the capital city of the Church, and there is no difference in the 
meaning whether reference is to the Church or the New Jerusalem, for the righteous will 
have inheritance in the New Jerusalem. Therefore the bride of the Lamb is the organization 
of the righteous who have inheritance in the holy city.62. 24 

Jesus Christ comes during the millennium, only those who have lived the telestial law will 
be removed. The earth will be cleansed of all its corruption and wickedness. Those who have 
lived virtuous lives, who have been honest in their dealings with their fellow man and have 
endeavored to do good to the best of their understanding, shall remain. 

To Malachi it was revealed that, "All the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be 
stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall 
leave them neither root nor branch."62. 25 Isaiah also declared that because the people had 
broken the everlasting covenant and defiled the earth, "therefore the inhabitants of the earth 
are burned, and few men left." 62. 26 

In this dispensation the Lord revealed the following: "And prepare for the revelation which 
is to come, when the veil of the covering of my temple, in my tabernacle, which hideth the 
earth, shall be taken off, and all flesh shall see me together. And every corruptible thing, 
both of man, or of the beasts of the field, or of the fowls of the heavens, or of the fish of the 
sea, that dwells upon all the face of the earth, shall be consumed; And also that of element 
shall melt with fervent heat; and all things shall become new, that my knowledge and glory 


may dwell upon all the earth." 63. 27 

So we learn that all corruptible things, whether men or beasts or element, shall be consumed; 
but all that does not come under this awful edict shall remain. Therefore, the honest and 
upright of all nations, kindreds, and beliefs, who have kept the terrestrial or celestial law, 
will remain. Under these conditions, people will enter the great reign of Jesus Christ carrying 
with them their beliefs and religious doctrines. Their agency will not be taken from them. 

Brigham Young has said: "In the millennium men will have the privilege of their own belief, 
but they will not have the privilege of treating the name and character of Deity as they have 
done heretofore. No, but every knee shall bow and every tongue confess to the glory of God 
the Father that Jesus is the Christ. "63. 28 

The Prophet Joseph Smith has said: "There will be wicked men on the earth during the 
thousand years. The heathen nations who will not come up to worship will be visited with 
the judgments of God, and must eventually be destroyed from the earth." 63. 29 

The saying that there will be wicked men on the earth during the millennium has been 
misunderstood by many, because the Lord declared that the wicked shall not stand, but shall 
be consumed. 63. 30 In using this term wicked it should be interpreted in the language of the 
Lord as recorded in the Doctrine and Covenants, section 84, verses 49-53. Here the Lord 
speaks of those who have not received the gospel as being wicked as they are still under the 
bondage of sin, having not been baptized. The inhabitants of the terrestrial order will remain 
on the earth during the millennium, and this class is without the gospel ordinances. 

The Lord said through Isaiah, speaking of the millennium: "For, behold, I create new 
heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. But 
be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a 
rejoicing, and her people a joy. And I will rejoice in Jerusalem and joy in my people: and the 
voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying. There shall be no 
more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall 
die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed. "64. 3 1 

SPREAD OF GOSPEL DURING MILLENNIUM. The gospel will be taught far more 
intensely and with greater power during the millennium, until all the inhabitants of the earth 
shall embrace it. Satan shall be bound so that he cannot tempt any man. Should any man 
refuse to repent and accept the gospel under those conditions then he would be accursed. 
Through the revelations given to the prophets, we learn that during the reign of Jesus Christ 
for a thousand years eventually all people will embrace the truth. 

Isaiah prophesied of the millennium as follows: "The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, 
and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling 


together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young 
ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child 
shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' 
den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the 
knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea."65. 32 

This chapter in Isaiah, Moroni quoted to the Prophet Joseph Smith and said to him it was 
about to be fulfilled.65. 33 if the knowledge of the Lord covers the earth as the waters do the 
sea, then it must be universally received. Moreover, the promise of the Lord through 
Jeremiah is that it will no longer be necessary for anyone to teach his neighbor, "saying, 
Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, 
saith the Lord. "65. 34 

coming to us all the time just as fearful as they can be that a child of theirs who has died will 
lose the blessings of the kingdom of God unless that child is sealed to someone who is dead, 
They do not know the wishes of their child who died too young to think of marriage, but 
they want to go straight to the temple and have a sealing performed. Such a thing as this is 
unnecessary and in my judgment wrong. 

The Lord has said through his servants that during the millennium those who have passed 
beyond and have attained the resurrection will reveal in person to those who are still in 
mortality all the information which is required to complete the work of these who have 
passed from this life. Then the dead will have the privilege of making known the things they 
desire and are entitled to receive. In this way no soul will be neglected and the work of the 
Lord will be perfected. 

It is the duty of parents who have children who have died and who were old enough to be 
endowed, to go to the temple and perform this endowment for them. When you have done 
this, you may let the matter of further work rest, except the sealing of these children to their 
parents, until the proper time comes. 66. 35 

FINAL CELESTIAL DESTINY OF EARTH. The righteous dead are to come forth from 
their graves, and there will be a mingling of mortals and immortals upon the earth. Christ 
and the resurrected saints who hold the priesthood shall teach the people, so there can be no 
misunderstandings and mistakes. For 1,000 years shall this happy time of peace prevail and 
in due time all the inhabitants of the earth shall be brought into the fold of the Church. 

When the thousand years are ended, Satan shall be loosed for a little season and wickedness 
shall return to the earth. Satan shall gather his forces and in anger attempt a vain effort to 
wrest the earth from Christ. Michael, the great prince, the archangel, who once graced the 
earth and was known as Adam, the father of the human family, shall fight the battles of the 
just and shall overcome. The last resurrection shall take place, and the rest of the dead, who 

had no place in the millennial reign shall be brought forth to the final judgment. All men 
shall be judged according to their works. 66. 36 


Then the end shall come and the earth shall pass away in death, but to be raised in the 
resurrection by which it shall be made a celestial body and the fit abode of celestial beings 
who shall dwell in the presence of God the Father and his Son Jesus Christ forever as priests 
and kings unto the Most High.66. 37 


ZION: THE LAND OF JOSEPH. There are many references in the Bible to Zion, a land or 
place separate and distinct from Jerusalem. Two such passages are found in the 2nd chapter 
of Isaiah and the 4th chapter of Micah.67. 38 It would be foolish to say that these references 
to Zion were to the hill in Jerusalem where David dwelt. Through modem revelation the 
Lord has made it known that the American continent is Zion. It is to be on this land that the 
city Zion, the New Jerusalem, shall be built. These predictions are clearly stated in the Book 
of Mormon and are in perfect accord with the writings of the Bible. 67. 39 

This western continent is known as the land of Joseph and is also designated as the land of 
Zion. The holy city which is to be built upon this land is sometimes called the City of Zion. 
We should keep in mind that these terms (City of Zion, and New Jerusalem) have reference 
to the same sanctified place from whence shall go forth the law, with the word of the Lord 
from Jerusalem. Enoch's city was also called Zion, which means by interpretation, the pure 
in heart. 67. 40 

JUDAH GATHERS TO JERUSALEM, EPHRAIM TO ZION. "And it shall come to pass in 
the last days, that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established in the top of the 
mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. And many 
people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house 
of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out 
of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. "67. 41 

The statement is very clear that two separate cities, or centers, are mentioned by Isaiah. In 
modern revelation this is confirmed, and we are informed just where the city of Zion — 
which is the New Jerusalem — shall be built. 

In order to get a proper understanding of this question, it is necessary to explain the fact that 
Palestine is to be the gathering place of the tribe of Judah and "the children of Israel his 
companions," after their long dispersion as predicted by the prophets. America is the land of 
Zion. It was given to Joseph, son of Jacob, and his descendants to be an everlasting 
inheritance. The children of Ephraim (son of Joseph) and "all the house of Israel his 
companions," will be gathered to Zion, or America.68. 42 


In the blessing given by Jacob to his son Joseph the inheritance of America is foreshadowed 
and predicted in the following words: "Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a 
well; whose branches run over the wall: . . . The blessings of thy father have prevailed above 
the blessings of my progenitors unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills: they shall be 
on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was separate from his 
brethren." 68. 43 

Because of his faithfulness and integrity, Joseph received greater blessings than the 
progenitors of Jacob and was rewarded with the land of Zion. His brothers, with malicious 
intent, separated him and cast him out from among them. The Lord, in rewarding him, 
separated him from his brothers — the other tribes of Israel — and gave him an inheritance in 
a land that is choice above all other lands, which, we have learned from the Book of 
Mormon and modem revelation, is America. 

TWO HOLY CITIES: ZION AND JERUSALEM. In this great day of gathering, the Lord 
has commanded that those of the house of Israel who are scattered among the Gentiles 
should flee unto Zion, and those who are of the house of Judah should flee unto Jerusalem, 
"unto the mountains of the Lord's house," which is their gathering place. 68 44 

In each land a holy city shall be built which shall be the capital from whence the law and the 
word of the Lord shall go forth to all peoples. The Savior said to the Nephites: "Behold, this 
people will I establish in this land, unto the fulfilling of the covenant which I made with your 
father Jacob; and it shall be a New Jerusalem. And the powers of heaven shall be in the 
midst of this people; yea, even I will be in the midst of you. "69. 45 

Moroni, writing of the Jaredites, has said: "Behold, Ether saw the days of Christ, and he 
spake concerning a New Jerusalem upon this land. And he spake also concerning the house 
of Israel, and the Jerusalem from whence Lehi should come -- after it should be destroyed it 
should be built up again, a holy city unto the Lord; wherefore, it could not be a new 
Jerusalem for it had been in a time of old; but it should be built up again, and become a holy 
city of the Lord; and it should be built unto the house of Israel. "69. 46 

revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet, that the city of Zion and the New Jerusalem is 
one and the same. In a number of revelations the Lord speaks of the New Jerusalem which is 
to be built. 69. 47 For instance, we read: "And it shall be called the New Jerusalem, a land of 
peace, a city of refuge, a place of safety for the saints of the Most High God; And the glory 
of the Lord shall be there, and the terror of the Lord also shall be there, insomuch that the 
wicked will not come unto it, and it shall be called Zion." 69. 48 

Also: "Yea, the word of the Lord concerning his church, established in the last days for the 
restoration of his people, as he has spoken by the mouth of his prophets, and for the 
gathering of his saints to stand upon Mount Zion, which shall be the city of New Jerusalem." 



Jerusalem of old, after the Jews have been cleansed and sanctified from all their sin, shall 
become a holy city where the Lord shall dwell and from whence he shall send forth his word 
unto all people. Likewise, on this continent, the city of Zion, New Jerusalem, shall be built 
and from it the law of God shall also go forth. There will be no conflict, for each city shall be 
headquarters for the Redeemer of the world, and from each he shall send forth his 
proclamations as occasion may require. Jerusalem shall be the gathering place of Judah and 
his fellows of the house of Israel, and Zion shall be the gathering place of Ephraim and his 
fellows, upon whose heads shall be conferred "the richer blessings. "70. 50 

ZION AND JERUSALEM SEPARATE CITIES. Many prophecies in the Bible refer to 
Jerusalem and to Zion as separate places. It is evident that these references do not apply to 
the hill Zion which is a part of the city of Jerusalem. Among these predictions we cite the 

"O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that 
bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the 
cities of Judah, Behold your God! "70. 5 1 

"The Lord also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; ... So shall ye 
know that I am the Lord your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem 
be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more." 70. 52 

In Isaiah, Zion and Jerusalem are called cities: "Thy holy cities are a wilderness, Zion is a 
wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation."70. 53 Isaiah and other prophets also predict that 
headquarters for Zion in the last days should be established in the mountains, and people 
from all nations should say: "Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the 
house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: 
for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. "70. 54 

ZION AND JERUSALEM: TWO WORLD CAPITALS. When Joseph Smith translated the 
Book of Mormon, he learned that America is the land of Zion which was given to Joseph and 
his children and that on this land the City Zion, or New Jerusalem, is to be built. He also 
learned that Jerusalem in Palestine is to be rebuilt and become a holy city. 71. 55 These two 
cities, one in the land of Zion and one in Palestine, are to become capitals for the kingdom of 
God during the millennium. 

In the meantime, while the work of preparation is going on and Israel is being gathered, 
many people are coming to the land of Zion saying: "Come ye, and let us go up to the 
mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob." The Latter-day Saints are fulfilling 
this prediction, since they are being gathered from all parts of the earth and are coming to the 
house of the Lord in these valleys of the mountains. Here they are being taught in the ways 


of the Lord through the restoration of the gospel and by receiving blessings in the temples 
now erected. Moreover, before many years have passed away, the Lord will command the 
building of the City Zion, and Jerusalem in Palestine will in due time be cleansed and 
become a holy city and the habitation of the Jews after they are cleansed and are willing to 
accept Jesus Christ as their Redeemer. 71.56 

TEMPLES IN ZION AND JERUSALEM. "And righteousness will I send down out of 
heaven; and truth will I send forth out of the earth, to bear testimony of mine Only Begotten; 
his resurrection from the dead; yea, and also the resurrection of all men; and righteousness 
and truth will I cause to sweep the earth as with a flood, to gather out mine elect from the 
four quarters of the earth, unto a place which I shall prepare, an Holy City, that my people 
may gird their loins, and be looking forth for the time of my coming; for there shall be my 
tabernacle and it shall be called Zion, a New Jerusalem. 

"And the Lord said unto Enoch: Then shalt thou and all thy city meet them there, and we will 
receive them into our bosom, and they shall see us; and we will fall upon their necks, and 
they shall fall upon our necks, and we will kiss each other; And there shall be mine abode, 
and it shall be Zion, which shall come forth out of all the creations which I have made; and 
for the space of a thousand years the earth shall rest. "72. 57 

When Christ comes in fulfillment of this promise, there will be on the earth two great cities 
made holy with holy sanctuaries, or temples. 72. 58 One will be the city of Jerusalem in the 
land of Judah, which shall be rebuilt; the other the city Zion, or the New Jerusalem, in the 
land of Joseph. 72. 59 


"Reorganized" Church inform us that Zion does not include Utah, but is limited to Jackson 
County, Missouri, and the regions round about, Nauvoo being one of the "corner stones"; 
and they say that when the saints came westward, they left the borders of Zion. Moreover, 
they claim that since temples were to be built in Zion and Jerusalem, all the temples we may 
build in Utah or the West are not recognized of the Lord on this ground alone, if no other. 

We accept the fact that the center place where the City New Jerusalem is to be built, is in 
Jackson County, Missouri. It was never the intention to substitute Utah or any other place for 
Jackson County. But we do hold that Zion, when reference is made to the land, is as broad as 
America, both North and South — all of it is Zion, If Zion is limited in its scope to the 
country surrounding Jackson County, it is indeed too bad that Nephi did not now that fact. 
What a glorious thing it would have been had there been a few "Reorganites" in his day to 
inform him of it. Then he and his people would not have fallen into the error of building 
temples -- like unto Solomon's at Jerusalem — away off down in Central or South America, 
73. 60 but they could have placed one in Jackson County, or the regions round about. It was 


really an unfortunate occurrence. 

ZION: A LAND CHOICE ABOVE ALL OTHER LANDS. But to be serious. The Book of 
Mormon informs us that the whole of America, both North and South, is a choice land above 
all other lands, in other words — Zion. The Lord told the Jaredites that he would lead them to 
a land "which is choice above all the lands of the earth."73. 61 We understand that they 
landed in Central America where their kingdom existed the greater part of their residence in 

When the Lord began to lead the family of Lehi to this land, he said to them: "And inasmuch 
as ye shall keep my commandments, ye shall prosper, and shall be led to a land of promise; 
yea, even a land which I have prepared for you; yea, a land which is choice above all other 
lands." 73. 62 It is generally understood that they landed in South America, and that their 
nations, the Nephites and Lamanites, dwelt in South and Central America during the greater 
part of their sojourn here. At any rate, the time of their civilization was principally spent in 
the south and not in the region now comprising the United States. This proves beyond the 
possibility of doubt that the choice land was South as well as North America, and while the 
City New Jerusalem, which the Book of Mormon tells us is to be built on this land that is 
choice above all other lands, will be in Jackson County, nevertheless, if one accepts the 
Book of Mormon, one must accept the whole hemisphere as the land of Zion. 

At the April conference of the Church, held at Nauvoo in 1844, the Prophet Joseph Smith 
declared that the whole of America was Zion.74. 63 

GARDEN OF EDEN AND CITY ZION SAME PLACE. In accord with the revelations 
given to the Prophet Joseph Smith, we teach that the Garden of Eden was on the American 
continent located where the City Zion, or the New Jerusalem, will be built. 74. 64 When 
Adam and Eve were driven out of the Garden, they eventually dwelt at a place called 
Adam-ondi-Ahman, situated in what is now Daviess County, Missouri.74. 65 Three years 
before the death of Adam he called the righteous of his posterity at this place and blessed 
them, 74. 66 and it is at this place where Adam, or Michael, will sit as we read in the 7th 
chapter of Daniel. 74. 67 

LANDS OF ZION AND JERUSALEM TO UNITE. We are committed to the fact that Adam 
dwelt on this American continent. But when Adam dwelt here, it was not the American 
continent, nor was it the Western Hemisphere, for all the land was in one place, and all the 
water was in one place. There was no Atlantic Ocean separating the hemispheres. "And God 
said, let the Waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry 
land appear: and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of 
the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good."74. 68 

If all the water was in one place, then naturally all the land was in one place; therefore, the 
shape of the earth, as to the water and the land surface, was not as we find it today. Then we 


read in Genesis that there came a time when the earth was divided. 74. 69 There are some 
people who believe that this simply means that the land surface was divided among the 
various tribes, but this is not the meaning; it was an actual dividing of the surface of the 
earth, and it was broken up as we find it now. 

The Lord revealed to the Prophet Joseph Smith that when he comes, as a part of the great 
restoration, this land surface will be brought back to its original form. When that time comes, 
the land of Zion (Western Hemisphere) and the land of Jerusalem "shall be turned back into 
their own place, and the earth shall be like as it was in the days before it was divided." 75. 70 
John saw this day when "every island fled away, and the mountains were not found." 75. 71 


that the New Jerusalem was to be built in America, the saints began to wonder where the city 
would be. Hiram Page, one of the witnesses of the Book of Mormon, secured a "peep stone" 
by means of which he claimed to receive revelation for the Church. Among the things he 
attempted to make known was where this city was to be built, Considerable commotion 
naturally prevailed, and even Oliver Cowdery was deceived into accepting what Hiram Page 
had given. The Prophet Joseph Smith had some difficulty in correcting this evil and 
composing the minds of the members of the Church. 

Good came out of this incident, however, for the Lord made it known that there was but one 
at a time who was empowered with the gift of receiving revelation for the Church, and this 
was to be a law by which the Church was to be governed. In this same revelation the Lord 
corrected the false teaching of Hiram Page and informed the Church that the site for the New 
Jerusalem had not been revealed, but when it was revealed it would be "on the borders of the 
Lamanites." 76. 72 Oliver Cowdery was appointed to go on a mission to the Lamanites and 
later, Parley P. Pratt and Ziba Peterson were called to accompany him. In this way the gospel 
message was taken into Jackson County, Missouri. 

SAINTS TO INHERIT ZION IN TIME AND ETERNITY. Early in 183 1, the headquarters 
of the Church were transferred from Fayette, New York, to Kirtland, Ohio, where the Lord 
said he would give to the Church his law, and where they should be endowed with power 
from on high. 76. 73 The Lord also promised to reveal to the saints the place of their 
inheritance: "And this shall be my covenant with you, ye shall have it for the land of your 
inheritance, and for the inheritance of your children forever, while the earth shall stand, and 
ye shall possess it again in eternity, no more to pass away." 76. 74 

When the members of the Church gathered to Kirtland, the lord gave them his law. He also 
gave instruction for the purpose of preparing them for their inheritance. He called upon the 
elders to go forth declaring his word "into the regions westward," and to build up his 
Church, "Until the time shall come when it shall be revealed unto you from on high, when 


the city of the New Jerusalem shall be prepared, that ye may be gathered in one, that ye may 
be my people and I will be your God."76. 75 The Bishop of the Church was instructed in 
relation to the property of the saints; the care of the storehouse, in looking after the wants of 
the poor and needy; and also in laying up funds for the purchase of lands and the building up 
of the New Jerusalem, the site of which was soon to be revealed. 76. 76 

SITE OF NEW JERUSALEM REVEALED. Early in June, 1 83 1, a conference was held in 
Kirtland. At the close of this conference, June 7th, the Lord said: "I, the Lord, will make 
known unto you what I will that ye shall do from this time until the next conference, which 
shall be held in Missouri, upon the land which I will consecrate unto my people, which are a 
remnant of Jacob, and those who are heirs according to the covenant. . . . And thus, even as I 
have said, if ye are faithful ye shall assemble yourselves together to rejoice upon the land of 
Missouri, which is the land of your inheritance, which is now the land of your enemies. But, 
behold, I, the Lord, will hasten the city in its time, and will crown the faithful with joy and 
with rejoicing." 77. 77 

Obedient to this commandment the elders journeyed forth two by two and in due time 
arrived in Jackson County, Missouri. There, in answer to their earnest prayer, the Lord 
revealed the site of the New Jerusalem and the place for the building of his temple, or holy 
sanctuary, which had been seen by Enoch and also by Ether, as being established in the last 

In making this site known the Lord said: "Hearken, O ye elders of my church, saith the Lord 
your God, who have assembled yourselves together, according to my commandments, in this 
land, which is the land of Missouri, which is the land which I have appointed and 
consecrated for the gathering of the saints, Wherefore, this is the land of promise, and the 
place for the city of Zion." 77. 78 The place for the building of the temple was then pointed 
out. August 2, 1831, the land was dedicated by Sidney Rigdon as a possession and 
inheritance for the saints, and the following day the Prophet Joseph Smith dedicated the site 
for the temple on a spot a short distance west of the court house in Independence. 

BUILDING OF NEW JERUSALEM DEFERRED. That the New Jerusalem, or City Zion, 
was to be built at once and the temple erected also, naturally was the thought of the 
assembled brethren. The Lord had previously given them a commandment respecting their 
duties and had instructed them in relation to his law to be observed in Zion. He indicated, 
also, that the city was not to be built at that time. "Ye cannot behold with your natural eyes, 
for the present time, the design of your God concerning those things which shall come 
hereafter, and the glory which shall follow after much tribulation. For after much tribulation 
come the blessings. Wherefore the day cometh that ye shall be crowned with much glory; the 
hour is not yet, but is nigh at hand." 78. 79 

It is true that the Lord would have blessed the saints and would have commenced the 
establishment of the Holy City at that time had they hearkened faithfully to his 


commandments, but from these words of the Lord it is plain to see that the glory of Zion was 
future, although in the spiritual sense near at hand. 

In other revelations it was made plain that the elders would have to be endowed with power 
from on high and go forth to declare the gospel to the nations and "push the people together 
from the ends of the earth," before Zion could be built.78. 80 So the Lord in the very 
beginning instructed the saints that the building of the New Jerusalem and its sacred temple 
would be deferred until many other things were accomplished, and they had passed through 
much tribulation. 

CITY OF ZION AND TEMPLE YET TO BE BUILT. Nearly 100 years have passed since 
the site of Zion was dedicated and the spot for the temple was chosen, and some of the 
members of the Church seem to be fearful lest the word of the Lord shall fail. Others have 
tried to convince themselves that the original plan has been changed and that the Lord does 
not require at our hands this mighty work which has been predicted by the prophets of 
ancient times. We have not been released from this responsibility, nor shall we be. The word 
of the Lord will not fail. 

If we look back and examine his word carefully, we will discover that nothing has failed of 
all that he has predicted, neither shall one jot or tittle pass away unfulfilled. It is true that the 
Lord commanded the saints to build to his name a temple in Zion. This they attempted to do, 
but were prevented by their enemies, so the Lord did not require the work at their hands at 
that time. 79. 81 The release from the building of the temple did not, however, cancel the 
responsibility of building the City and the House of the Lord, at some future time. When the 
Lord gets ready for it to be accomplished, he will command his people, and the work will be 
done. 79. 82 




AUTHORITY : A UNIVERSAL PRINCIPLE. Authority is an eternal principle operative 
throughout the universe. To the "utmost bounds" of space all things are governed by law 
emanating from the Lord our God. On Kolob and other giant governing stars and in the tiny 
electron, infinitesimally small and of which all things are composed, divine authority is 
manifest in the form of immutable law. All space is filled with matter and that matter is 


controlled and directed by an All-Wise and Omniscient Creator.80. 1 

PRIESTHOOD: ITS NATURE AND PURPOSE. Priesthood is divine authority which is 
conferred upon men that they may officiate in the ordinances of the gospel. In other words, 
priesthood is a part of God's own power, which he bestows upon his chosen servants that 
they may act in his name in proclaiming the gospel and officiating in all the ordinances 
thereof. All such official acts performed by these duly authorized servants are recognized by 
the Author of our salvation.80. 2 

Man cannot act legally in the name of the Lord unless he is vested with the priesthood, 
which is divine authority. No man has the power or the right to take this honor to himself. 
Unless he is called of God, as was Aaron, 80. 3 he has no authority to officiate in any of the 
ordinances of the gospel; should he do so his act is not valid or recognized in the heavens. 
The Lord has said his house is a house of order, and he has given the commandment that no 
man shall come unto the Father but by his divine law which is established in the 
heavens. 81 4 

All men who assume authority, but who have not been properly called, will have to answer 
for their acts in the day of judgment. Nothing that they perform in the name of the Lord is 
valid, for it lacks the stamp of divine authority. To deceive and lead others to believe that 
unauthorized acts are valid when performed in the name of the Lord is a grievous sin in the 
sight of God. 81.5 

or divine authority is vital, since it concerns the salvation of each of us. It is impossible for a 
man to enter the kingdom of God without complying with the laws of that kingdom. Only 
authorized officers may properly officiate in rites and ceremonies of the kingdom. No man 
has the right to assume the authority and officiate without being ordained to the ministry. To 
do so is an unauthorized and illegal act.81. 6 


PRIESTHOOD IN PRE-EXISTENCE. In regard to the holding of the priesthood in pre- 
existence, I will say that there was an organization there just as well as an organization here, 
and men there held authority. Men chosen to positions of trust in the spirit world held 
priesthood. 81.7 

ADAM HELD KEYS AND PRI E STHOOD. To Adam, after he was driven from the Garden 
of Eden, the plan of salvation was revealed, and upon him the fulness of the priesthood was 
conferred. As Michael, the prince, he holds the keys of all the dispensations, which 
appointment he received under Jesus Christ, "Who hath appointed Michael your prince, and 
established his feet, and set him upon high, and given unto him the keys of salvation under 
the counsel and direction of the Holy One, who is without beginning of days or end of life." 


82. 8 

Adam received the holy priesthood and was commanded by the Lord to teach his children 
the principles of the gospel. Moreover, Adam was baptized for the remission of his sins, for 
the same principles by which men are saved now were the principles by which men were 
saved in the beginning. In that day as many as repented and were baptized received the gift 
of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands. Adam made all these things known to his sons 
and daughters. 82. 9 

PRIESTHOOD FROM NOAH TO ABRAHAM. As time went on men departed from the 
truth, and the priesthood was withdrawn. All flesh became corrupt, and the Lord said: "The 
end of all flesh is come before me, for the earth is filled with violence." 82. 10 So the flood 
was sent and the earth was cleansed from its wickedness. The Lord then appointed Noah and 
his sons to stand at the head of the human family. Noah, too, received the holy priesthood 
and taught his children the gospel. 

However, after a few hundred years had passed men became corrupt and refused to follow 
the teachings of their fathers. Again there was an apostasy. During this time there was one 
man in the city of Ur, among the few that remained faithful to the Lord, who sought after 
righteousness. . . . The Lord answered Abraham's prayer, and he received the priesthood 
under the hands of Melchizedek, king of Salem, who is called king of peace. Melchizedek 
was a great high priest, and so faithful was he that the Church in his day called the 
Priesthood after the Order of the Son of God by his name, or the Melchizedek 
Priesthood. 82. 1 1 

Many Christian teachers have been greatly puzzled because of the reference in the Book of 
Hebrews to Melchizedek.83. 12 Bible commentators have scratched their heads and reached 
false conclusions trying to solve the mystery. It was not Melchizedek who was without 
father and without mother and without beginning of days or end of life, but it was the 
priesthood which he held. The proper reading of this scripture is as follows: 

"For this Melchizedek was ordained a priest after the order of the Son of God, which order 
was without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor 
end of life. And all those who are ordained unto this priesthood are made like unto the Son 
of God, abiding a priest continually. "82. 13 

has been a gradual development in the offices in the priesthood. Adam held the Melchizedek 
Priesthood, with all of its keys and authorities, and today stands in his place as Michael, the 
Archangel, with presiding authority over all the earth. Next comes Noah, who also was the 
father of all living in his day after the flood. He too held the fulness of the priesthood. Yet 
from Adam to Moses the order of priesthood was that of the Patriarchal order. These men 
were high priests and patriarchs. 83. 14 



HIGHER PRIESTHOOD LOST BY REBELLION. When Israel came out of Egypt, it was 
the intention of the Lord to organize the men of all the tribes into a royal priesthood, 83. 15 
conferring upon them all the gifts and privileges of the higher or Melchizedek Priesthood, 
which holds the keys of the fulness of the gospel and "holdeth the key of the mysteries of the 
kingdom, even the key of the knowledge of God." Because of rebellion and unwillingness to 
hearken to the commandments given by Moses, these great privileges and blessings were 
denied them, although Moses did all in his power to teach and sanctify them. 

"But they hardened their hearts and could not endure his [God's] presence: therefore, the 
Lord in his wrath, for his anger was kindled against them, swore that they should not enter 
into his rest while in the wilderness, which rest is the fulness of his glory. Therefore, he took 
Moses out of their midst, and the Holy Priesthood also; And the lesser priesthood continued, 
which priesthood holdeth the key of the ministering of angels and the preparatory gospel; 
Which gospel is the gospel of repentance and of baptism, and the remission of sins, and the 
law of carnal commandments, which the Lord in his wrath caused to continue with the house 
of Aaron among the children of Israel until John, whom God raised up, being filled with the 
Holy Ghost from his mother's womb." 84. 16 

If Israel had remained faithful, they would have had all the blessings and privileges of the 
Melchizedek Priesthood, but instead they were confined to the scope of the blessings of the 
Aaronic Priesthood and also became subject to the measures of the Law of Moses, which 
contained many temporal laws, some of which were severe and drastic in their nature. 84. 17 
This condition continued until the resurrection of Jesus Christ, when this carnal law was 
fulfilled and was replaced by the fulness of the gospel.84. 18 The Aaronic Priesthood did not 
lose the right to the ministering of angels in the days of restoration when Jesus Christ came 
to fulfil the law, and this power continues in the Church today, which is fully attested in the 
words of John.84. 19 

Israel, he took the higher priesthood also and left Israel with the lesser priesthood which 
holds the keys to the temporal salvation of mankind -- the temporal gospel — that which 
deals with repentance and baptism particularly, but does not have to do with the higher 
ordinances which have been revealed in the dispensation in which we live. 

Therefore, in Israel, the common people, the people generally, did not exercise the functions 
of priesthood in its fulness, but were confined in their labors and ministrations very largely 
to the Aaronic Priesthood. The withdrawal of the higher priesthood was from the people as a 
body, but the Lord still left among them men holding the Melchizedek Priesthood, with 
power to officiate in all its ordinances, so far as he determined that these ordinances should 
be granted unto the people. Therefore Samuel, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel, Ezekiel, Elijah, and 


others of the prophets held the Melchizedek Priesthood, and their prophesying and their 
instructions to the people were directed by the Spirit of the Lord and made potent by virtue 
of that priesthood which was not made manifest generally among the people of Israel during 
all these years. 85. 20 

We may presume, with good reason, that never was there a time when there was not at least 
one man in Israel who held this higher priesthood (receiving it by special dispensation) and 
who was authorized to officiate in the ordinances, but this power and authority was 
withdrawn from among the people and they were denied the privilege of the ordinances 
which pertain to the fulness of glory, or the entering into the rest of the Lord. 

ISRAEL GIVEN AARONIC PRIESTHOOD. We see that the power of the holy priesthood, 
which we call the Melchizedek Priesthood, was denied to the tribes of Israel, and they were 
denied the higher ordinances which today may be received in the temples; they had to be 
content with the lesser blessings and the carnal law. At that time, also, the Lord declared that 
he would not continue the order which had existed, that of ordaining the firstborn of each of 
the families in Israel, but would substitute the males of one of the tribes of Israel to be the 
priests for the people, and would limit them in their jurisdiction to the duties of offering 
sacrifice, and the ordinance of baptism, and other duties which would come under the 
direction of the carnal law. 

The Lord called Aaron, the brother of Moses, and Aaron's sons, and they were ordained and 
set apart to preside in this lesser priesthood, which has come to be known as the Aaronic 
Priesthood. Then the Lord called the males of the tribe of Levi, to which Aaron belonged, all 
those who were between the ages of 30 and 50 years, to assist Aaron and his sons in the 
priestly office. 86. 2 1 

LEVITES HELD AARONIC PRIESTHOOD. The Aaronic Priesthood is divided into the 
Aaronic and the Levitical, yet it is but one priesthood. This is merely a matter of designating 
certain duties within the priesthood, The sons of Aaron, who presided in the Aaronic order, 
were spoken of as holding the Aaronic Priesthood; and the sons of Levi, who were not sons 
of Aaron, were spoken of as the Levites. They held the Aaronic Priesthood but served under, 
or in a lesser capacity, than the sons of Aaron.86. 22 

PRIESTHOOD IN ISRAEL WHEN CHRIST CAME. The authority of the priesthood was 
manifest in the days of the Savior's coming. By virtue of the priesthood held by Zacharias, 
the father of John the Baptist, the angel appeared to him. Simeon, the prophet, blessed the 
infant Jesus, and the scriptures say that Simeon was filled with the Holy Ghost. So there 
were a few still remaining who had faith and the power of the priesthood.86. 23 

officiate under the authority of the Aaronic Priesthood. They were not descendants of Aaron, 
and there were no Levites among them. There is no evidence in the Book of Mormon that 


they held the Aaronic Priesthood until after the ministry of the resurrected Lord among them, 
but the Book of Mormon tells us definitely, in many places, that the priesthood which they 
held and under which they officiated was the Priesthood after the holy order, the order of the 
Son of God. This higher priesthood can officiate in every ordinance of the gospel, and Jacob 
and Joseph, for instance, were consecrated priests and teachers after this order.87. 24 

PRIESTHOOD AND THE LINEAGE OF ABRAHAM. Jacob may have had many daughters 
for all we know, and their children would be entitled to the blessings of the gospel, the same 
as the children of Keturah, wife of Abraham, or the children of Ishmael. Remember that the 
priesthood was not confined solely to the descendants of Jacob. Moses got his priesthood 
from Jethro who was not a descendant of Jacob, but was a descendant of Abraham. The 
blessings of Abraham are to be given to the Gentiles who repent and receive the gospel, and 
by adoption they become of the seed of Abraham.87. 25 


the doctrine and practices of the Church of Jesus Christ of former-day saints, it became 
necessary that there be an opening of the heavens, and for the Lord to speak again, and by 
his own mouth and the mouth of his ancient disciples again to restore the truth which had 
been lost. In the apostasy, the authority to act in the name of the Lord had been taken away 
from the earth, and as John saw in his revelation, the priesthood was taken back to God 
while the Church of Jesus Christ had been driven into the wilderness. 88. 26 

There was but one way for that priesthood to be restored to men on the earth — by an 
opening of the heavens. This was done, and John the Baptist came first with the keys of the 
Aaronic Priesthood, 88. 27 then came Peter, James, and John with the keys of the 
Melchizedek Priesthood, which authorities were given to Joseph Smith and Oliver 
Cowdery.88. 28 

It is a false notion which prevails today that men may assume the authority to speak and 
officiate in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ when they have not been divinely called. The 
commission given by our Lord to his disciples nearly two thousand years ago does not 
authorize any man today to officiate in the ordinances of the gospel or to preach and 
expound the scriptures by divine authority.88. 29 The Bible does not and cannot give to any 
man this right to exercise the functions of the priesthood. This can only come, as in days of 
old, by authority from the Son of God or his properly constituted representatives. 88. 30 

significant matters connected with the conferring of the Aaronic Priesthood upon Joseph 
Smith and Oliver Cowdery, which may briefly be discussed. 

1. The reason John the Baptist was sent from the heavens to confer the Priesthood of Aaron 


is that there was no one among mortals with the keys of that authority, Had there been, then 
there would have been no necessity for a restoration of this authority, and John would not 
have been sent. 

2. It was John the Baptist who held the presidency of this priesthood in the days of his 
ministry as the forerunner of Jesus Christ. As a Levite, and his authority coming to him by 
divine right of descent, he was the rightful presiding priest of the Aaronic order in Israel. 
This authority had come to him by lineage, and the Lord has made it known that John "was 
baptized while he was yet in his childhood, and was ordained by the angel of God at the time 
he was eight days old unto this power, to overthrow the kingdom of the Jews, and to make 
straight the way of the Lord before the face of his people, to prepare them for the coming of 
the Lord, in whose hands is given all power."89. 3 1 

Had the Church of God been in existence with the Jews in that day, instead of the Jews being 
in a dreadful state of apostasy, then John the Baptist would have taken his proper place as 
the presiding priest of the Aaronic order. But they recognized him not and failed to 
understand his authority, even as they failed to comprehend the authority of our Lord. The 
authority of John was that which was conferred upon Aaron and which came down by right 
of lineage to Eleazar and his posterity after him;89. 32 but the Jews failed to recognize John 
and rejected him. By right of his authority John laid the foundation for the overthrow of their 
kingdom, or power, which was based on a false foundation. Had they accepted John then 
also would they have accepted Christ, the Lord, their rightful King and the great High Priest 
of their salvation. 

There is perfect order in the kingdom of God, and he recognizes the authority of his servants. 
It was for this reason John, who acted under the direction of Peter, James, and John, came to 
Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery and restored the Aaronic Priesthood, which John held in 
the dispensation of the meridian of time, and which became lost in the great apostasy 
because of the paganizing and corrupting of the Church of Jesus Christ. 

significant in the coming of John is the fact that he, who was at the time a resurrected 
personage, conferred upon Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery the priesthood and then 
required of them that they baptize each other. In the natural order of things, men are baptized 
before the priesthood is conferred upon them. In this case the order was reversed. 

We may conclude quite safely that with the limited knowledge which they had at that time, 
these two inexperienced young men, had they been guilty of perpetrating a fraud, would not 
have thought of this. It is most likely that they would have made the claim that the angel first 
baptized them and then gave them the priesthood. Had they made such a statement as this it 
would have been fatal to their story. It is an important fact, shown by direct acts and by 
implication in all the scriptures, that God has done for men all that men can not do for 
themselves to secure salvation, but he expects men to do all for themselves that is in their 



MAN MUST DO ALL HE CAN FOR OWN SALVATION. In accordance with this 
principle, it is contrary to the order of heaven, instituted before the foundation of the earth, 
for holy messengers who have passed through the resurrection, or messengers who belong to 
the heavenly sphere, to come to earth and perform work for men which they can do for 
themselves. Based on this law — for it is an eternal law — Jesus Christ came into the world 
and died for all, thus redeeming the world from the effects of Adam's fall and giving to all 
men the resurrection, irrespective of belief or unbelief in him, or of righteousness or 

All men were under the curse and unable to free themselves, and Christ came and offered 
himself as the infinite atonement and satisfied the law. Moreover, the shedding of his blood 
redeemed all men, who will repent and accept his truth, from their individual sins, but none 
else, for he has said: "For, behold, the Lord your Redeemer suffered death in the flesh; 
wherefore he suffered the pain of all men, that all men might repent and come unto him. And 
he hath risen again from the dead, that he might bring all men unto him, on conditions of 
repentance." 91. 33 

It is a most serious error to believe that Jesus did everything for men if they would but 
confess him with their lips, and there is nothing else for them to do. Men have work to do if 
they would obtain salvation. It was in harmony with this eternal law that the angel directed 
Cornelius to Peter, 91. 34 and that Ananias was sent to Paul.91. 35 It was likewise in 
obedience to this law that Moroni, who understood the writings upon the Nephite plates, did 
not do the translating, but under the direction of the Lord gave to Joseph Smith the Urim and 
Thummim by which he was able to accomplish that important work by the gift and power of 

RE-CONFERRAL OF AARONIC PRIESTHOOD. 4. After the priesthood had been given to 
Joseph and Oliver and at the command of the heavenly messenger, they were baptized; then 
by the same messenger they were instructed to lay hands upon each other and re-confer the 
authority the angel had given them, thus placing the ordination and baptism in the proper 
relationship. These details, which would have been overlooked by impostors, tell us a 
significant tale and bear an appealing testimony of the truthfulness of these two men. 91.36 

AARONIC PRIESTHOOD TO REMAIN ON EARTH. The Priesthood of Aaron, or the 
Levitical Priesthood, will not end when the sons of Levi make their offering in 
righteousness, but it will remain on the earth as long as mortals dwell here. Before the days 
of Moses and Aaron all priesthood was known as Melchizedek. Then the Lord conferred a 
priesthood on Aaron and the Levites that they might officiate in temporal things. 

This priesthood continued in the Church which was organized by our Redeemer until the 
apostasy drove the Church into the wilderness. As long as we have temporal things on the 


earth this priesthood is necessary. Eventually, when the earth is celestialized, I suppose all 
priesthood will be of the higher order. Oliver Cowdery's interpretation of the words of John 
the Baptist, on this point, was that this priesthood "shall remain upon earth, that the Sons of 
Levi may yet offer an offering unto the Lord in righteousness. "92. 37 


the Church who have been blessed by patriarchs and pronounced descendants of Levi, but 
they have not made any claim to the office of bishop, for the revelation governing this 
situation says literal descendant of Aaron, not of Levi. There is evidently a great host of men 
who are descendants of Levi but not of Aaron. 

The person spoken of in the revelations as having the right by lineage to the bishopric is the 
one who is the firstborn. By virtue of his birth he is entitled to hold "the keys or authority of 
the same." This has reference only to the one who presides over the Aaronic Priesthood. It 
has no reference whatever to bishops of wards. Further, such a one must be designated by the 
First Presidency of the Church and receive his anointing and ordination under their hands. 
The revelation comes from the Presidency, not from the patriarch, to establish a claim to the 
right to preside in this office, In the absence of knowledge concerning such a descendant, 
any high priest, chosen by the Presidency, may hold the office of Presiding Bishop and serve 
with counselors. 93. 38 

MODERN SONS OF AARON AND LEVI. Who are the sons of Aaron and Levi today? 

They are, by virtue of the blessings of the Almighty, those who are ordained by those who 
hold the authority to officiate in the offices of the priesthood. It is written that those so 
ordained become the sons of Moses and of Aaron. Also: "And the sons of Moses and of 
Aaron shall be filled with the glory of the Lord, upon Mount Zion in the Lord's house, whose 
sons are ye; and also many whom I have called and sent forth to build up my Church." 93. 39 
So the Lord has spoken, and this was said to those who held the Melchizedek Priesthood. 

OFFERING OF THE SONS OF LEVI. What kind of offering will the sons of Levi make to 
fulfil the words of Malachi and John?93. 40 Logically such a sacrifice as they were 
authorized to make in the days of their former ministry when they were first called.93. 41 
Will such a sacrifice be offered in the temple? Evidently not in any temple as they are 
constructed for work of salvation and exaltation today. It should be remembered that the 
great temple, which is yet to be built in the City Zion, will not be one edifice, but twelve. 
Some of these temples will be for the lesser priesthood.93. 42 

When these temples are built, it is very likely that provision will be made for some 
ceremonies and ordinances which may be performed by the Aaronic Priesthood and a place 
provided where the sons of Levi may offer their offering in righteousness. This will have to 
be the case because all things are to be restored. There were ordinances performed in ancient 


Israel in the tabernacle when in the wilderness, and after it was established at Shiloh in the 
land of Canaan, and later in the temple built by Solomon. The Lord has informed us that this 
was the case and has said that in those edifices ordinances for the people were performed. 

94 43 

These temples that we now have, however, the Lord commanded to be built for the purpose 
of giving to the saints the blessings which belong to their exaltation, blessings which are to 
prepare those who receive them to "enter into his rest, . . . which rest is the fulness of his 
glory," and these ordinances have to be performed by authority of the Melchizedek 
Priesthood, which the sons of Levi did not hold.94. 44 

RESTORATION OF BLOOD SACRIFICES. We are living in the dispensation of the fulness 
of times into which all things are to be gathered, and all things are to be restored since the 
beginning. Even this earth is to be restored to the condition which prevailed before Adam's 
transgression.94. 45 Now in the nature of things, the law of sacrifice will have to be restored, 
or all things which were decreed by the Lord would not be restored. It will be necessary, 
therefore, for the sons of Levi, who offered the blood sacrifices anciently in Israel, to offer 
such a sacrifice again to round out and complete this ordinance in this dispensation. Sacrifice 
by the shedding of blood was instituted in the days of Adam and of necessity will have to be 
restored.94. 46 

The sacrifice of animals will be done to complete the restoration when the temple spoken of 
is built; at the beginning of the millennium, or in the restoration, blood sacrifices will be 
performed long enough to complete the fulness of the restoration in this dispensation. 
Afterwards sacrifice will be of some other character.94. 47 


Melchizedek Priesthood conferred upon Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery by Peter, James, 
and John? 

In the History of the Church, no account is given of the date when the Melchizedek 
Priesthood was restored. For this reason certain parties not of the Church, who profess to 
believe in the divine mission of the martyred Seer, in order to bolster up their weak position, 
have made the claim that this priesthood was not restored by those heavenly messengers, but 
that it grew out of the Aaronic Priesthood, which was restored by John the Baptist on the 
15th day of May, 1829. According to this claim, the Prophet and Oliver Cowdery, having 
received the Aaronic Priesthood, did, by virtue of that priesthood, on the 6th day of April, 
1830, ordain each other elders, and that this eldership ordained high priests and apostles. 

The actual statement, as officially published by the so-called "Reorganized" Church, is: "In 
justification of the course taken, and the principles involved on 'the question of authority,' 


we have ever courted, and still do, investigation of the rigid character of the facts in the first 
organization. Here they are: Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery were ordained to the lesser 
priesthood by an angel; then, by this authority and a commandment they, on the 6th day of 
April, ordained each other elders, and this eldership ordained high priests and apostles, and 
this high priesthood ordained, by commandment, the President of the High Priesthood — the 
highest office in the church; so that the alleged lesser ordained [sic] the greater, is common 
to both the first organization and the Reorganization alike. The same class of facts justify 
both or condemn both." 95. 48 

Smith and Oliver Cowdery ordained each other elders on the 6th day of April, 1 830, and that 
this was the first office in the Church, yet the fact remains that this was not the beginning of 
the Melchizedek Priesthood in the dispensation of the fulness of times. The priesthood is 
greater than the office, and all offices in the priesthood, we are taught, are appendages to the 
priesthood. 96. 49 For this reason the keys of the priesthood were conferred upon these men 
and not the appendages to that priesthood, which were held by common consent in the 
Church after the organization. 96. 50 

OURS IS THE GREAT AGE OF RESTORATION. We learn from the scriptures that all 
things from the beginning must flow into this dispensation, and that in this dispensation all 
things should be restored. Peter taught this principle to the Jews; 96. 5 1 and that it was 
understood by Paul, we learn from his epistle to the Ephesians, 1st chapter and 9th and 10th 

One of the first apostles, and a martyr to the cause, Elder David W. Patten, has left with us 
his testimony. Said he: 

"The dispensation of the fulness of times is made up of all the dispensations that have ever 
been given until this time. Unto Adam first was given a dispensation. It is well known that 
God spake to him with his own voice in the Garden and gave him the promise of the 
Messiah. And unto Noah was a dispensation given, for Jesus said, 'As it was in the days, of 
Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man, '96. 52 and as the righteous were saved 
then, and the wicked destroyed, so it will be now: And from Noah to Abraham, and from 
Abraham to Moses, and from Moses to Elias, and from Elias to John the Baptist, and from 
John to Jesus Christ, and from Jesus Christ to Peter, James, and John. The apostles all 
received in their time a dispensation by revelation from God, to accomplish the great scheme 
of restitution spoken of by the holy prophets since the world began, the end of which is the 
dispensation of the fulness of times, in which all things shall be fulfilled that have been 
spoken of since the earth was made. "97. 53 

The Prophet tells us that in the dispensation of the fulness of times "that a whole and 
complete and perfect union, and welding together of dispensations, and keys, and powers, 
and glories should take place, and be revealed from the days of Adam even to the present 


time." 97. 54 

restored, and if the dispensation of the fulness of times is made up of, and is a uniting of, all 
dispensations, with their keys and powers, since the days of Adam, then those who held the 
keys of these various dispensations would have to confer them upon the head of one who 
stands at the head of the last dispensation, and the Prophet Joseph Smith is that one. This 
being true, then, among other keys, it would be necessary for Peter, James, and John, who 
held the keys of the kingdom, in the dispensation of the meridian of time, to appear to the 
Prophet Joseph Smith and bestow upon him their keys and authority. 

That the keys of all dispensations were bestowed, we learn from the words of the Prophet, as 
recorded in section 128 of the Doctrine and Covenants, verse 21 : 

"And the voice of Michael, the archangel; the voice of Gabriel, and of Raphael, and of divers 
angels, from Michael or Adam down to the present time, all declaring their dispensation, 
their rights, their keys, their honors, their majesty and glory, and the power of their 
priesthood; giving line upon line, precept upon precept; here a little, and there a little; giving 
us consolation by holding forth that which is to come, confirming our hope. 

And in verse 20: "The voice of Peter, James, and John in the wilderness between Harmony, 
Susquehanna county, and Colesville, Broome county, on the Susquehanna river, declaring 
themselves as possessing the keys of the kingdom, and of the dispensation of the fulness of 

James, and John held the keys of the dispensation of the fulness of times, it would be 
necessary for them to bestow those keys upon Joseph and Oliver, before these men could 
obtain them. That they did obtain them, we know, and that the keys of the kingdom were 
conferred by these heavenly messengers, we have evidence to show. 

In section 27, verses 5 to 8, of the Doctrine and Covenants, the Lord declares that he shall 
partake of the sacrament with Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery in his kingdom, and also 
with John, "Which John I have sent unto you, my servants, Joseph Smith, Jun., and Oliver 
Cowdery, to ordain you unto the first priesthood which you have received, that you might be 
called and ordained even as Aaron." 

And in verses 12 and 13: "And also with Peter, and James, and John, whom I have sent unto 
you, by whom I have ordained you and confirmed you to be apostles, and especial witnesses 
of my name, and bear the keys of your ministry and of the same things which I revealed unto 
them; Unto whom I have committed the keys of my kingdom, and a dispensation of the 
gospel for the last times; and for the fulness of times, in the which I will gather together in 
one all things, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth." 


Here the Lord declares that Joseph, the Prophet, and Oliver Cowdery were ordained by Peter, 
Janies, and John. In section 18, verse 9, a revelation given in June, 1829, nearly a year before 
the Church was organized, the Lord declares that Oliver Cowdery was called with the same 
calling as was Paul, which was the Melchizedek Priesthood, as an especial witness of his 
name. It was after this call to be special witnesses, and after the bestowal of the Melchizedek 
Priesthood, that the Prophet and Oliver -- when the Church was organized — ordained each 
other elders. The priesthood with its keys existed before the Church organization, but not the 
offices in the Church, which belong to the Church and are held by the consent of the same. 

ordination of Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery to these two priesthoods, we have the 
testimony of both, recorded outside of the Doctrine and Covenants. Oliver Cowdery, in the 
year 1848, testified at Kanesville, as follows: 

"I was present with Joseph when an holy angel from heaven came down and conferred on us, 
or restored, the Aaronic Priesthood, and said to us, at the same time, that it should remain on 
earth while the earth stands. I was also present with Joseph when the higher or Melchizedek 
Priesthood was conferred by holy angels from on high. This priesthood we then conferred 
upon each other by the will and commandment of God." 

From this we see that, in the case of the restoration of the higher priesthood, as well as in 
that of the lower, they ordained each other by commandment, after having received the keys 
from those who held them — Peter, James, and John. 

We also have Oliver's testimony, recorded by his own hand, as early as the year 1835. The 
account is quite interesting, and was recorded in the patriarchal blessing book of Patriarch 
Joseph Smith, Sen., by Oliver, who at that time was the recorder. This is his statement: 

"He [Joseph] was ministered unto by the angel, and by his direction, he obtained the records 
of the Nephites, and translated by the gift and power of God. He was ordained by the angel 
John, unto the lesser or Aaronic Priesthood, in company with myself, in the town of 
Harmony, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, on Friday, the 15th day of May, 1829; after 
which we repaired to the water, even to the Susquehanna River, and were baptized; he first 
administering unto me, and after, I to him. But before baptism our souls were drawn out in 
mighty prayer, to know how we might obtain the blessings of baptism and of the Holy Spirit 
according to the order of God; and we diligently sought for the right of the fathers, and the 
authority of the holy priesthood, and the power to administer the same; for we desired to be 
followers of righteousness, and the possessors of greater knowledge, even the knowledge of 
the mysteries of the kingdom of God. Therefore we repaired to the woods, even as our father 
Joseph said we should, that is, to the bush, and called upon the name of the Lord, and he 
answered us out of the heavens. And while we were in the heavenly vision, the angel came 
down and bestowed upon us this priesthood; and then, as I have said, we repaired to the 

water and were baptized. After this, we received the high and holy priesthood; but an 
account of this will be given elsewhere, or in another place." 


by Oliver, reference is made to a prophecy by Joseph of old, son of Jacob, in which he 
declared that the priesthood should be restored in the last days through the administration of 
an angel "in the bush." In the Book of Mormon we are given a glimpse at the prophecy by 
Joseph concerning the restoration, but the prophecy has only been given in part unto us, and 
is yet to be revealed. 100. 55 Without doubt, it was made known to the Prophet in connection 
with many other things which have not yet been given to the world. 

The Prophet has, however, added some light concerning this prophecy, and has revealed to 
us the manner of the ordination to the Melchizedek Priesthood of himself and Oliver 

On the 1 8th day of December, 1833, when the Prophet blessed his father and ordained him to 
the Patriarchal Priesthood, he also blessed a number of others, among whom was Oliver 
Cowdery. After pronouncing Oliver's blessing, the Prophet said: 

"These blessings shall come upon him [Oliver] according to the blessings of the prophecy of 
Joseph in ancient days, which he said should come upon the seer of the last days and the 
scribe that should sit with him, and that should be ordained with him, by the hands of the 
angel in the bush, unto the lesser priesthood, and after receive the holy priesthood under the 
hands of those who had been held in reserve for a long season, even those who received it 
under the hands of the Messiah, while he should dwell in the flesh upon the earth, and 
should receive the blessings with him, even the seer of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and 
Jacob, saith he, even Joseph of old." 

This blessing was also recorded in the handwriting of Oliver Cowdery, and was copied by 
him in the record on the 2nd day of October, 1835, in the city of Kirtland, Ohio, and having 
been written by an eye-witness of the fulfilment, is certainly strong proof of the ordination. 
Whether this is the "other place" mentioned by Oliver, where the account of the ordination to 
the Melchizedek Priesthood is recorded is a question. If not, the account of the ordination is 
either lost or misplaced among the many papers in possession of the Church. 

John the Baptist was not ordained to the priesthood by the hand of Messiah, as he received 
his ordination when eight days of age, under the hands of an angel, 101. 56 Peter, James, and 
John were called by the Savior and received their authority from him; and the prophecy of 
Joseph was fulfilled when they conferred upon Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery the keys 
of the High Priesthood which they had received from Messiah while in the flesh. 102. 57 





"ALL PRIESTHOOD IS MELCHIZEDEK." How many priesthoods are there? The answer is 
there is one priesthood, but the Lord divided it into two divisions known as the Melchizedek 
and the Aaronic Priesthood. We sometimes speak of the Levitical Priesthood which is a part 
of the Aaronic Priesthood. 103. 1 The Aaronic Priesthood embraces the offices that have to do 
with the temporal matters of the Church, the crying of repentance and baptism for the 
remission of sins. 103. 2 

When the Lord says there are two priesthoods, he is speaking of divisions of the priesthood. 
The Prophet Joseph Smith has explained this as recorded in the conference minutes, October 
5, 1840: "Its institution was prior to 'the foundations of this earth, or the morning, stars sang 
together, or the sons of God shouted for joy, and is the highest and holiest priesthood, and is 
after the order of the Son of God, and all other priesthoods are only parts, ramifications, 
powers, and blessings belonging to the same, and are held, controlled and directed by it." 

103. 3 

The Prophet also said, "All priesthood is Melchizedek, but there are different portions or 
degrees of it. That portion which brought Moses to speak with God face to face was taken 
away; but that which brought the ministry of angels remained." 103 4 

Melchizedek Priesthood as an elder, seventy or high priest, he holds the Aaronic Priesthood. 
When a person is ordained to an office in the Aaronic Priesthood, and then receives an office 
in the Melchizedek Priesthood, none of the former authority is taken away. The Melchizedek 
has authority to officiate in the Aaronic. 

which prevailed from Adam to Moses was the Patriarchal Order, yet it was only a part of the 
Melchizedek Priesthood. All of the ancient patriarchs were high priests, but the direction of 
the Church in those days was by patriarchs. 104. 5 After the time of Moses, when the 
Melchizedek Priesthood was withdrawn from Israel, this order as it is called, of Patriarchal 
Priesthood, did not continue, There came, then, the Aaronic Priesthood, with the prophets 
holding the Melchizedek Priesthood as high priests. The bestowal of this higher authority, 
however, had to come by special designation; it was not generally given to the male 
members of the tribes. 


After our Savior established his Church, he placed in it ah the officers as we have them 
today, with presiding high priests at the head, and apostles, patriarchs, high priests (the 
patriarch being a high priest), seventies, and elders. All priesthood is divine authority, but it 
is divided into the two grand heads, Melchizedek and Aaronic, although we speak of the 
order of the evangelist, or patriarch, and the order of the Levites. We could also speak of the 
order of high priests, or the order of seventies, or of elders, meaning the calling of those who 
hold these offices. 104. 6 

Priesthood "holds the right of presidency, and has power and authority over all the offices in 
the church in all ages of the world, to administer in spiritual things." The First Presidency of 
the Church are also known as "the Presidency of the High Priesthood," and they "have a 
right to officiate in all the offices," and they "hold the keys of ah the spiritual blessings of 
the church." 

The offices in the Melchizedek Priesthood are as follows: elder, seventy, and high priest, 

The First Presidency are "three Presiding High Priests." Apostles are also high priests, with 
the special calling and ordination in addition of apostles, or special witnesses for Christ. 
They, next to the First Presidency, hold all the keys of authority in the Church and are called 
to build it up in ah the earth. Evangelists, or patriarchs, are high priests with the special 
ordination as patriarchs, by right of which they bless the people of the Church. The seventy, 
under the direction of the Twelve Apostles, are the missionaries of the Church. There are 
seven presidents in each quorum of seventy, and over ah the quorums a presiding presidency 
of seven who are known as the First Council of Seventy. Elders and high priests are 
appointed to officiate in the ministry in spiritual things in the stakes of Zion, and from 
among the high priests come the presiding officers of the Church and in the stakes and wards 
of the Church. 105. 7 

AFF OFFICES ARE APPENDAGES TO PRIESTHOOD. When an elder is ordained, he 
receives the Melchizedek Priesthood and then the office of elder, seventy, or high priest, as 
the case may be, and the office which he receives designates the nature of his duties. Not 
only is the office of bishop and elder an appendage to the priesthood but so is every other 
office, for they ah grow out of the priesthood. The apostle, high priest, seventy, and every 
other office is an appendage to the priesthood. 105. 8 

The Ford has, himself, declared that all authorities or offices in the Church are appendages 
to the priesthood. 105. 9 

That is to say, they are circumscribed by priesthood and grow out of it. 

Paul has informed us that both the gifts and the offices of the Church, in their fulness, are 
essential to the welfare of the Church. "For the body is not one member, but many"; and the 
foot cannot say, therefore, because it is not the hand, it is not of the body; nor the ear to the 


eye, nor the head to the feet. "But now hath God set the members every one of them in the 
body, as it hath pleased him." "And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with 
it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it."106. 10 


PREREQUISITES TO PRIESTHOOD ORDINATIONS. Before any man is ordained to any 
office in the priesthood, those who call him should carefully consider the following: 

1. Worthiness of the individual to hold the priesthood. 106. 1 1 

2. His willingness to serve in the calling whereunto he is to be called, and his previous 
faithfulness to the Church and to responsibility. 106. 12 

3. He must be sustained by the vote of the people concerned. 106. 13 

USE OF WORD "ORDAIN" IN EARLY DAYS. When the Prophet received the Presidency 
of the High Priesthood, the history says that he was ordained. 106. 14 Today we would say 
set apart. They used the term ordain in the early days of the Church for everything, 106. 15 
even when sisters were set apart to preside in the Relief Society. 

President Brigham Young and the other members of the Council of the Twelve had the 
fulness of the keys and priesthood conferred upon them by the Prophet before his death, so 
that any one of them could act, each in turn, should he come to the Presidency, and all he 
would then need would be the setting apart. All of the members of the Council of the Twelve 
today have had conferred upon them all the keys and authority necessary to be exercised by 
anyone who might reach the Presidency, and then he would be set apart. 

CLASS TEACHERS SHOULD NOT BE SET APART. Today we use the term setting apart 
when men are appointed to preside in stakes and wards and in auxiliary organizations. There 
is no reason to set apart teachers in classes or chairmen of groups. If we continue to do this, 
after awhile some may think these positions have become permanent offices in the 

USE OF RIGHT HAND IN ORDINANCES. The custom, evidently by divine direction, 
from the very earliest time, has been to associate the right hand with the taking of oaths, and 
in witnessing or acknowledging obligations. The right hand has been used, in preference to 
the left hand, in officiating in sacred ordinances where only one hand is used. 

The earliest reference we have to the superiority of the right hand over the left, in blessing, is 
found in the blessing of Jacob to his two grandsons, Ephraim and Manasseh, when he placed 
his hand "wittingly" upon the heads of the boys. 107. 16 


Earlier, when Abraham sent his servant to Abraham's own kindred to find a wife for Isaac, 
he had the servant place his hand under his (Abraham's) thigh, and swear to him that he 
would accomplish his mission. 107. 17 Evidently, this was the servant's right hand. 

The Lord said through Isaiah: "Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am 
thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea. I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right 
hand of my righteousness." 108. 18 

In the Psalms we read: "The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make 
thine enemies thy footstool. "108. 19 

It is the custom to extend the right hand in token of fellowship. 108. 20 The right hand is 
called the dexter, and the left, the sinister; dexter means right and sinister means left. Dexter, 
or right, means favorable or propitious. Sinister is associated with evil, rather than good. 
Sinister means perverse. 

We take the sacrament with the right hand. We sustain the authorities with the right hand. 

We make acknowledgment with the right hand raised. 

AN EVANGELIST IS A PATRIARCH. According to the dictionary and in the generally 
accepted view of the word, an evangelist is "a preacher who goes from place to place holding 
services especially with a view of church revivals," He is a "preacher of the gospel." The 
term evangel means gospel, or good news. But dictionaries also contain such definitions as 
this: "A Mormon officer of the Melchizedek or Higher Priesthood, whose special function is 
to bless." 

The Prophet's explanation in relation to the evangelist is: "An evangelist is a patriarch, even 
the oldest man of the blood of Joseph or of the seed of Abraham. Wherever the Church of 
Christ is established in the earth, there should be a patriarch for the benefit of the posterity of 
the saints, as it was with Jacob in giving his patriarchal blessings unto his sons." 108. 21 

WHO ARE PASTORS? The dictionary definition of a pastor is a correct one, even from our 
understanding of this term; it is, "a Christian minister who has a church or congregation 
under his official charge." The term pastor does not refer to an order in the priesthood, like 
deacon, priest, elder, seventy, and so on, but is a general term applied to an officer who 
presides over a ward, branch in a mission or a stake, and it could even be applied to a 
president of a stake. There are several references to pastors in the Old Testament, 
particularly in the Book of Jeremiah. I quote one or two of these showing that this is a 
general term applied to the priests and teachers in Israel and not to an order of the 

"And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge 
and understanding. "109. 22 


"For the pastors are become brutish, and have not sought the Lord: therefore they shall not 
prosper, and all their flocks shall be scattered. "109. 23 

"As for me, I have not hastened from being a pastor to follow thee: neither have I desired the 
woeful day; thou knowest: that which came out of my lips was right before thee." 109. 24 

From these passages you will see that it is clear that the Lord has reference to the priests and 
rulers over the children of Israel and not to an order, or office, in the priesthood. The Prophet 
Joseph Smith in the Sixth Article of Faith was following Paul's expression and had reference 
to those who had jurisdiction over the flocks, or branches, of the Church. 109. 25 We can say 
truthfully that a bishop is a pastor; so is an elder who has charge of a branch of the Church, 
or a president of a stake who has direction of a number of wards and branches. 109. 26 

We used to have pastors, so named, in Great Britain; they were men appointed to preside 
over two or more conferences, now called districts. 109. 27 

Paul that a deacon in that day should be a married man. 109. 28 That does not apply to our 
day. Conditions were different in the days of Paul. In that day a minister was not considered 
qualified to take part in the ministry until he was 30 years of age. Under those conditions 
deacons, teachers, and priests were mature men. This is not the requirement today. 

There are in all kinds of churches today ministers who are under that age, and there is no 
requirement in the Church in this dispensation that a person must be a matured man before 
he can take part in the ministry or hold the priesthood. Nor was it the rule in very ancient 
times, for we learn that Noah was only 10 years of age when he was given the priesthood 
under the hands of Methuselah. 1 10. 29 John the Baptist was ordained when only eight days 
old by an angel, "to overthrow the kingdom of the Jews, and to make straight the way of the 
Lord before the face of his people," 1 10. 30 but John did not enter this ministry until shortly 
before the coming of Christ to be baptized and enter his ministry. John was a few months 
older than our Savior. 110. 31 

SOME YOUNG BOYS ORDAINED ELDERS. Young men were ordained and sent out to 
preach the gospel in the days of the Prophet Joseph Smith. Several young men who had not 
reached their majority, and who were unmarried, went forth to do missionary work with the 
power of the Melchizedek Priesthood upon them. The Prophet's youngest brother, Don 
Carlos Smith, was ordained an elder when he was 14 and went out doing missionary work. 
He converted, through the help of the Lord, Solomon Avery who was a Baptist minister. 
When he was 19, he was made president of the high priests quorum, which position he held 
until his death in 1841. 

My own Father, President Joseph F. Smith, was called and ordained an elder and sent by 


President Brigham Young, when he was only 15 years of age, to fill a mission among the 
natives of the Hawaiian Islands; and if a missionary was in any manner inclined to be 
tempted and lose his virtue, surely he had every opportunity among the natives of those 
islands in that early day. Other young men were also ordained and sent out, under the 
direction of President Brigham Young. President Anthon H. Lund was ordained an elder 
when 15 years of age and became a local missionary, in the days of President Brigham 
Young. Now there would be no logic in refusing to ordain a young, unmarried boy a deacon, 
if that same boy could be ordained an elder and sent out into the world, away from parents 
and every good influence and protection, except the guidance of the Lord, to preach the 
gospel to a benighted people, 

Paul's day was far different from our day. Many of the customs which prevailed then cannot 
be adopted or insisted upon today, but the fundamental principles of the gospel have not 
changed, ill. 32 


DUTIES OF DEACONS AND TEACHERS. In the Aaronic Priesthood, besides bishops, 
who hold the keys of presidency, we have the offices of deacon, teacher, and priest. Men 
holding these offices are appointed to assist the bishops in their wards. The duty of the 
deacon is to assist the teacher and priest, and to be at the service of the bishop when 
required. 111. 33 

What is the duty of the teacher? As we read here in section 20 of the Doctrine and 
Covenants, which was given the day the Church was organized, it is the duty of the teacher 
to visit the homes of the people, to teach them, to see that there is no iniquity in the Church; 
that there is no fault- finding one with another, no backbiting, no false speaking one against 
another, and, more than that, to see that the members of the Church perform their duty. That 
great responsibility rests upon the teacher. He is to see that the members pray, that they fast 
upon the fast day, that they are paying their tithing, in the season thereof, that they are 
attending their fast meetings in the wards, week by week; and all these things are required of 
the teacher as he visits in the homes of the people. And if the teacher does not see to these 
things, then the sin lieth at his door. 112. 34 

DUTIES OF PRIESTS OF AARONIC ORDER. What are the duties of the priest? The duty 
of the priest is to preach, teach, expound, exhort, baptize, and administer the sacrament. He 
is to visit the house of each member and exhort all to pray, vocally and in secret, and attend 
to all family duties. That is the duty of the priest. 

Now the good bishops in the wards should see that their priests go into the homes of the 
people and do this very thing, teaching the members in the spirit of prayer. When they find 
an individual member of the Church who fails in any one of these particulars, it is the right 
of these teachers or priests to make the report to the bishop, the common judge. However, 


they are to labor diligently, and with long suffering, in faith and humility, with these 
members who do not see the necessity of keeping the commandments of the Lord, and after 
they have done all in their power, and can do nothing further to bring the non-praying 
members to repentance, the common judge may cite them before him, and he has the right to 
take action against them for their fellowship, Of course, our duty is to save souls. We must 
not be hasty in casting any out. So, I say, after the teachers or the priests have done all that 
can be done, then the drastic measures may be meted out. 112. 35 

LEVITICAL AND AARONIC DUTIES ANCIENTLY. The tabernacle, sometimes called the 
temple, was a very ornate though portable building, which the children of Israel carried with 
them in the wilderness. It was to this temple that Hannah went to pray and where Samuel 
ministered. 1 13. 36 It was the duty of the Levites to take care of this building and keep it in 
order. They took it apart, carried it and all that pertained to it from place to place as they 
journeyed in the wilderness, and then set it up again when a new camp was made. 

These responsibilities, in some degree similar to the duties of deacons today, were divided 
among the descendants of the three sons of Levi, son of Jacob. They were Gershon, Kohath, 
and Merari. The sons of Gershon had charge of "the tabernacle, and the tent, the covering 
thereof, and the hanging for the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, And the hangings 
of the court, and the curtain for the door of the court, which is by the tabernacle, and by the 
altar round about, and the cords of it for all the service thereof." 

The sons of Kohath in their assignment cared for "the ark, and the table, and the candlestick, 
and the altars, and the vessels of the sanctuary wherewith they minister, and the hanging, and 
all the service thereof." Eleazar, son of Aaron, had charge of this group of Levites, and "the 
oversight of them that keep the charge of the sanctuary." The sons of Merari had charge of 
"the boards of the tabernacle, and the bars thereof, and the pillars thereof, and the sockets 
thereof, and all the vessels thereof, and all that serveth thereto, And the pillars of the court 
round about, and their sockets, and their pins, and their cords. "113. 37 

In a general way the duties and responsibilities of the tabernacle, and of the preparations for 
sacrifices, were assigned to the descendants of the three sons of Levi. Wagons and oxen 
were provided for the Gershonites and the Merarites, but the sons of Kohath, "because the 
service of the sanctuary belonging unto them was that they should bear upon their shoulders" 
their burdens — they had no wagons. 1 14. 38 Not only were the Levites appointed to take care 
of the tabernacle and all that pertained to it, but other similar duties were assigned to them. 
They could offer sacrifice, although it was Aaron's place and that of his sons to hold the keys 
of this ministry. 

RESTORATION IN THE MERIDIAN OF TIME. According to this assignment and the 
instructions given to Moses, the priests (i.e. sons of Aaron) and Levites officiated from the 
day of their appointment to the days of the coming of Jesus Christ. When our Savior came, 
he restored to the Church all that had been taken away, and once again the fulness of the 


priesthood with all of its blessings was given to men. As Peter said, there existed again a 
"chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people," but this condition 
did not continue long before apostasy once more destroyed it all. 1 14. 39 


PURPOSE OF PRIESTHOOD QUORUMS. Every person holding an office in the 
priesthood should be enrolled and receive membership in the proper quorum where his 
membership is recorded. One of the main purposes of a quorum of priesthood is to help 
every individual member of that quorum in all things pertaining to the quorum — in his 
spirituality, in his temporal salvation, in all his needs. 114 40 

Organization is an essential requirement in the government of the Church. The entire 
universe is organized on a divine plan. Without organization there would be confusion, 
chaos, and that would lead to disorganization and destruction. 

The quorums of the priesthood are organized for a definite purpose. I have jotted down 
several of these: 

1. To keep the members holding the priesthood active and alert in the performance of every 
duty which the priesthood requires at their hands; 

2. To teach the members how to assume responsibility and magnify their callings; 

3. To train them in methods by which they may effectually teach others and officiate in their 

4. To encourage them in their responsibilities pertaining to the salvation of the dead as well 
as for the living. 

A quorum, properly appointed, must seek out the needs of every individual member and 
attempt to supply these needs that may be discovered, both temporally and spiritually. No 
quorum of the priesthood is assuming the full obligation placed upon it by the Lord which 
does not sufficiently extend temporal need. Each member should dedicate himself and use 
his talent to advance the cause of Zion. He must be loyal and faithful to the Church, to the 
quorum, to the priesthood in general, to his family and to every divine principle of eternal 
truth. 115 41 

success of priesthood quorums in the stake is placed, first, upon the presidency of the stake 
and, second, upon the presidency of the priesthood quorum. The General Authorities hold 
the stake presidency, with the aid of the high council, responsible for the condition of the 
quorums of elders, seventies, and the quorum of high priests. It is the duty of the stake 


presidency to see that these quorums are properly officered with men who understand the 
nature of their callings and the responsibilities of the priesthood. . . . 

Moreover, the presidency of the stake, aided by their high council and the stake priesthood 
committee, are under the responsibility of seeing that quorums are fully organized, not only 
with presiding officers, but with live, active committees which are faithfully functioning. 
Where a quorum of priesthood has failed to function, and has been indifferent to the 
responsibilities assigned to it, the presidency of the stake will be held responsible first, and 
then officers of the quorum next. If officers refuse to work, or are incapable, then they 
should be released, and faithful and willing men called to act in their stead. 

BEST MEN TO BE PRIESTHOOD PRESIDENTS. Too frequently in the past, the best 
material has been taken to officer the auxiliary organizations, and then what was left was 
considered good enough to officer priesthood quorums. It is hoped sincerely that this day has 
perished and that no vestige of it now remains. The presidency of the stake should see that 
the very best available material is called to positions of presidency in priesthood quorums. 
Auxiliary organizations are the helps to the priesthood in the Church. 1 16. 42 

RESPONSIBILITY OF QUORUM PRESIDENTS. The responsibility of the quorum 
president is, as stated in this revelation, to sit in counsel, to advise and instruct and teach 
those who are under his direction. 1 16. 43 The Lord has placed the responsibility for the 
training and the conduct of the members of the quorum upon the shoulders of the president 
of the quorum. He has given him two counselors to assist him in that work, This direction 
and care of the quorum may not be transferred to the shoulders of some other. Men who are 
the most capable for these positions of presidency should be sought. 

Too frequently it is thought that the supervision of a quorum, especially of elders, is not of 
great importance, but the Lord thinks otherwise, There should be, however, a division of 
responsibility among the presidency. The presidency should see that the quorum is fully 
organized and that every man is performing his duty. If there are delinquent or wayward 
members, these should be labored with until brought to repentance and full fellowship. 

117. 44 


STEWARDSHIP OF PRIESTHOOD BEARERS. It is our duty to save the world. That is our 
mission, insofar as they will listen unto us and receive our testimony. All those who reject 
the testimony of the elders of Israel will be held responsible and will have to give an 
accounting for their stewardship, just as we will give an accounting of our stewardship as 
elders and teachers of the people. 1 17 45 

RESPONSIBILITY OF PRIESTHOOD BEARERS. Never before in the history of the 
Church has the responsibility which has been given to the priesthood been more necessary of 


fulfilment than today. Never before have we been under greater obligation to serve the Lord, 
and keep his commandments, and magnify the callings which have been assigned to us. 

The world today is tom asunder. Evil is rampant upon the face of the earth. The members of 
the Church need to be humble and prayerful and diligent. We who have been called to these 
positions in the priesthood have that responsibility upon our shoulders to teach and direct the 
members of the Church in righteousness. 1 17. 46 

EMBARKING IN SERVICE OF GOD. If we do not serve him with all our heart, might, 
mind, and strength, if we are not loyal to this calling which we have received, we are not 
going to be blameless when we stand before that judgment seat. It is a very serious thing to 
hold the priesthood. I wish when our young men were called and ordained, that is. 
recommended to be ordained to the office of elder in the Church, they could be impressed 
before they were ordained with the importance of the calling which they are about to receive. 
118. 47 

be lost, who, with a little help from these committees, could be saved from the spiritual death 
which awaits them. Spiritual death is the most terrible of all deaths, yet we see our fellow 
quorum members dying for want of a little sympathetic and brotherly attention. Many of 
these wayward men, if not all, could be saved by this careful attention. Truly "the worth of 
souls is great in the sight of God." 118. 48 To save the souls of those who have strayed from 
the fold is just as worthy and commendable, and causes just as much rejoicing in heaven, as 
to save souls in far away parts of the earth. 

SOURCE OF PRIESTHOOD RESPONSIBILITY. Brethren of the priesthood, these are your 
responsibilities. The Council of the Twelve did not place them upon you; the Presidency of 
the Church did not place them upon you — it is true that they, or their representatives, called 
you and ordained you to this ministry — but the responsibility to perform this labor came to 
you from the Son of God! You are his servants. You will be held accountable to him for your 
stewardship, and unless you magnify your callings and prove yourselves worthy and faithful 
in all things, you will not stand blameless before him at the last day. 1 18. 49 

that the idea should prevail in the Church that the higher a man advances in authority in the 
priesthood, the greater is his responsibility to be faithful in keeping the commandments of 
the Lord, and the less authority which he has, the less is his responsibility to be faithful 
before the Lord, In other words, if a man is called to act as a bishop, a high councilor or 
president of a stake, he is expected to walk circumspectly and obediently in the discharge of 
the office which he holds. 

One of the presiding authorities, the apostle, for instance, is expected to be a consistent and 
faithful Latter-day Saint. He must eschew every evil practice and keep every commandment. 


Should he fail, or even should the bishop or the high councilor fail to walk consistently with 
the commandments of the Lord, the whole Church would rise up and declare that he should 
speedily be brought into the line of his duty or be relieved of his responsibility. 

But if it happens to be an ordinary elder, seventy, or even a high priest, who has not been 
given special responsibility, the majority of the people of the Church seem to feel that his 
conduct is not a matter of very serious consequence. It seems that the body of the Church has 
been trained — but erroneously — to think that an elder in the Church, who has not been 
called to some position of prominence or authority, may be guilty of almost any violation of 
the commandments and regulations of the Church, and he should not be called into very 
serious question. 

revealed in relation to the priesthood teaches us that the elder, even if he is not given some 
special responsibility, is under just as great a responsibility to be true to every word that 
proceedeth forth from the mouth of God," 119. 50 as is the man who is called to preside over 
a stake, or even over the Church. The apostle is under no greater commandment to be true to 
his covenant and membership in the Church than is the ordinary elder, or seventy, or any 
other individual holding the priesthood. It is true the apostle has a greater responsibility, or 
calling, in the priesthood, but no greater responsibility to be true to gospel principles and 

Especially is this so, if the elder has received the ordinances of the house of the Lord. . . . 

The punishment for the violation of this covenant of the priesthood will come as readily and 
as surely upon the ordained elder as it will upon the apostle in the Church, who may turn 
away into forbidden paths and to the neglect of duty. 120. 5 1 


REVERENCE FOR NAME OF SUPREME BEING. In the revelation on priesthood given 
March 28, 1835, the Lord declared that there are "two priesthoods, namely, the Melchizedek 
and Aaronic, including the Levitical Priesthood." The first, or greater, is called the 
Melchizedek Priesthood after the name of the righteous king of Salem because he was such a 
great high priest. This is done the Lord declares, "out of respect or reverence to the name of 
Supreme Being, to avoid the too frequent repetition of his name. "120. 52 

From the very beginning of time, the sacred name of the Supreme Being has been held in the 
greatest reverence and respect by the servants of the Lord, We are informed that the true 
pronunciation of one of his names by the Hebrews was lost, because they scrupulously 
avoided mentioning it, substituting in its stead "one or other of the words with whose proper 
vowel-points it may happen to be written. "120. 53 


One of the commandments of the decalogue is: "Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy 
God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain." 121. 54 
This commandment he repeated frequently through his servants the prophets, and it is further 
written in the commandments given to Moses, "He that blasphemeth the name of the Lord, 
he shall surely be put to death." 121. 55 

VULGARITY BEGETS BLASPHEMY. There is nothing that should be held in more sacred 
reverence and respect than the name of the Supreme Being and the name of his beloved Son, 
our Redeemer. Satan puts it into the hearts of men to blaspheme the name of the Lord, and 
the more vulgar and obscene a man becomes the greater is his tendency to violate this sacred 
commandment. It seems a strange thing that characters of this kind are never satisfied to 
swear in the name of mortal men, but always in the name of Deity, which rebellion seems to 
be in keeping with their wickedness. 

USE OF NAMES OF DEITY WHEN PREACHING. Even in the preaching of the gospel, 
the elders of Israel should exercise great care not to repeat these sacred names too frequently 
and needlessly when other terms of designation will suffice. There are occasions when the 
use of these sacred names or titles may properly be used, and the Lord himself, has given us 
this privilege, for instance, in the blessings of the sacrament; but it is well for those who 
address the congregations of the people to use these holy names sparingly when other 
expressions will suffice. The term Lord whether applied to the Father or the Son is 
permissible, and in speaking of the Son we may properly refer to him as our Savior or 
Redeemer and not always by the familiar use of his name. 

REVERENCE FOR SACRED PRIESTHOOD TITLES. Reverence should also be given to 
other sacred titles or names. Frequently we hear the brethren of the General Authorities 
addressed on the street and in private conversations as well as in public by their titles or the 
offices which they hold in the priesthood. This should be avoided except at the time and 
place when such usage would be proper. For example, it is not the best form to refer to a 

member of the Quorum of the Twelve as Apostle , either in speaking of 

him or to him. The Lord has given us the general designation of Elder which may be applied 
to any man holding the Melchizedek Priesthood, and no matter what office a man may hold, 
it is an honor for him to be so designated and addressed. 

It has become customary through long established usage to refer to the first President of the 
Church as The Prophet Joseph Smith, or Joseph Smith, the Prophet. This is permissible 
because of the great honor which was bestowed upon him and the great work which he 
accomplished under the hand of the Lord and the fact that he long since departed this mortal 
life. If he were here, he would be happy to be called, as he was by members of the Church in 
his day, Brother Joseph. This was not said in the spirit of familiarity but in the spirit of love 
and respect. 

PROPER TITLES FOR CHURCH OFFICERS. In addressing a member of the First 


Presidency, it is perfectly proper to say, President Grant, President Clark, or President 
McKay, and the same designation should be applied to the President of the Council of the 
Twelve Apostles. These brethren will take no offense or consider it an act of disrespect if 
they should be called Brother, for it is also an honor to belong to the brotherhood of the 
Church and be in fellowship with the faithful members. The proper title by which the 
members of the Council of the Twelve Apostles and the First Council of Seventy may be 
called is that of Elder. This title may also be applied to the members of the Presiding 
Bishopric, although the title Bishop has been used from the beginning and may be without 
offense, whether applied to the Presiding Bishopric or to other bishops in the Church. 

In introducing one of the members of the Council of the Twelve Apostles or of the First 
Council of Seventy, the brother conducting the exercises in the meeting may say, Elder 

, or Brother , of the Council of the Twelve Apostles, or of 

the First Council of the Seventy. 

PROPRIETY IN INTRODUCING SPEAKERS. The presiding officer in a meeting when 
introducing a speaker, especially one of the General Authorities of the Church, should not 
indulge in flattering remarks or make a long eulogy. What may be said should be brief; if 
there is occasion to make a remark better to identify the speaker, it should be given as a 
matter of explanation or identification without any word that may cause embarrassment to 
the person so introduced. It has happened at times that the brother conducting the exercises 
when giving an introduction has taken a good part of the time allotted to the speaker. This is 
a fault frequently indulged in by inexperienced presiding officers. Brief introductions will be 
appreciated by the brethren, and very brief comments, if any, are necessary at the close of 
their remarks. 123 . 56 


OPERATION OF LAW OF COMMON CONSENT. No man can preside in this Church in 
any capacity without the consent of the people. The Lord has placed upon us the 
responsibility of sustaining by vote those who are called to various positions of 
responsibility. No man, should the people decide to the contrary, could preside over any 
body of Latter-day Saints in this Church, and yet it is not the right of the people to nominate, 
to choose, for that is the right of the priesthood. 

The priesthood selects, under the inspiration of our Father in heaven, and then it is the duty 
of the Latter-day Saints, as they are assembled in conference, or other capacity, by the 
uplifted hand, to sustain or to reject; and I take it that no man has the right to raise his hand 
in opposition, or with contrary vote, unless he has a reason for doing so that would be valid 
if presented before those who stand at the head. In other words, I have no right to raise my 
hand in opposition to a man who is appointed to any position in this Church, simply because 
I may not like him, or because of some personal disagreement or feeling I may have, but only 
on the grounds that he is guilty of wrong doing, of transgression of the laws of the Church 


which would disqualify him for the position which he is called to hold. 124. 57 




dispensation of the fulness of times. In this dispensation, we have been informed by the 
prophets of old, all things are to be restored, "both which are in heaven, and which are on 
earth," all things are to be gathered in one in Jesus Christ. 125. 1 The Savior himself declared, 
when he came down from the mount with Peter, James, and John, that the time would come 
when Elias should be sent to restore all things. 125. 2 Peter told the Jews that all the prophets 
since the world began had spoken of this restoration. 125. 3 We are living in that day. 

The keys of priesthood had to be restored. It was not sufficient that John the Baptist came 
with the keys of the Aaronic Priesthood, and Peter, James, and John with the keys of the 
Melchizedek Priesthood, by virtue of which the Church was organized, but there had to be 
an opening of the heavens and a restoration of keys held by all the prophets who have 
headed dispensations from the days of Adam down to the days of Peter, James, and John. 
These prophets came in their turn, and each bestowed the authority which he held. . . . 

COMPLETE RESTORATION OF ALL KEYS. All the keys of all dispensations had to be 
brought in order to fulfil the words of the prophets and the purposes of the Lord in bringing 
to pass a complete restoration of all things. Therefore the father of the human family, the 
first man on the earth, Adam, had to come, and he came with his power. Moses came, and 
others. All who had keys came and bestowed their authorities. Our revelations do not tell us 
just when. We have not the dates when some of these authorities were made manifest, but 
the Prophet Joseph Smith in writing to the saints in Nauvoo in regard to the salvation of the 
dead declared, as we have it recorded in section 128 of the Doctrine and Covenants, that all 
these prophets came with their keys in the dispensation in which we live. 126. 4 

Brethren and sisters, this is a glorious dispensation. All other dispensations flow into it. All 
authorities, all powers, are centered in this dispensation in which we live. We are privileged 
to partake of these blessings through our faithfulness. 126. 5 

MOSES, ELIAS, AND ELIJAH RESTORED KEYS. Among the keys of authority and 


power which were bestowed, there are none of more far reaching or greater significance than 
the keys of authority bestowed by Elijah. It was in the Kirtland Temple, April 3, 1836, that 
the Lord sent to the Prophet Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery some of the ancient prophets 
with their keys. How many came we do not know. We have been given the record of the 
coming of Moses, with the keys of the gathering of Israel and the restoration of the ten 
tribes; the coming of Elias, who lived in the days of Abraham, with the restoration of the 
covenants and authorities given to Abraham and in his day; and the coming of Elijah who 
was spoken of by Malachi as having the authority to restore the power of turning the hearts 
of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers. This was to come 
before the great and dreadful day of the Lord and to save the earth from being smitten with a 
curse. 126. 6 

had conferred his keys, and brought the gospel of the dispensation in which Abraham lived. 
Everything that pertains to that dispensation, the blessings that were conferred upon 
Abraham, the promises that were given to his posterity, all had to be restored, and Elias, who 
held the keys of that dispensation, came. 127. 7 

This Elias was a prophet who lived in the days of Abraham and who held the keys of that 
dispensation. He came and bestowed the gifts and the blessings that were pronounced upon 
Abraham's head, both for himself and his posterity after him. This Elias restored all that 
pertained to that dispensation, for in the dispensation of the fulness of times in which we 
live, all dispensations had to be revealed, all keys had to be restored; and hence the prophets 
of old, having the keys of dispensation, had to come declaring their honors, their authority, 
the power of their priesthood. 127. 8 

ELIJAH HELD KEYS OF KINGDOM. The Lord gave unto Elijah the keys of presidency in 
his time — the keys of the kingdom, the keys of the sealing power; and it is that sealing 
power which gave him the right and authority to officiate. And the Lord said unto him, "That 
which you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven." That is how great his power was, and in 
that day Elijah stood up and officiated for the people in the sealing power. 127. 9 

Since the latter-day bestowal of these keys, the work of salvation for the dead has been 
proclaimed, has taken hold of the hearts of the children of men, both in the Church and out 
of it. There are thousands who are working in the gathering of the records of the dead, and 
why they do it they do not know. 

I asked one man in the city of Salem, Massachusetts, in the year 1902, why he was gathering 
the records of the dead. He was undertaking a marvelous work. He said to me, "I do not 
know, but I got started and I cannot quit." I know why. 128. 10 

this dispensation through all time and eternity. Moses holds the keys of his dispensation, and 


3,000 years after his departure, he came and bestowed those keys upon the Prophet Joseph 
Smith for this dispensation. Elijah came over 2,500 years after his departure and bestowed 
the keys of his authority, and so likewise all the prophets who held dispensations; but this 
did not rob them of any authority whatever, and they still hold the keys that were given to 
them and which they conferred upon Joseph Smith and his associates. 

The Prophet does not stand at the head of former dispensations, but of the dispensation of 
the fulness of times. President Brigham Young and succeeding presidents of the Church held 
the keys and authorities while living, but the keys held by the Prophet, as holding the keys of 
the dispensation for time and eternity, were never transferred and are still held by him. 

128 . 11 


WHY ELIJAH RESTORED SEALING KEYS. Joseph Smith, the Prophet, said: "Elijah was 
the last prophet that held the keys of the priesthood, and who will, before the last 
dispensation, restore the authority and deliver the keys of the priesthood, in order that all the 
ordinances may be attended to in righteousness. It is true that the Savior had authority and 
power to bestow this blessing; but the sons of Levi were too prejudiced. 'And I will send 
Elijah the Prophet before the great and terrible day of the Lord,' etc. Why send Elijah? 
Because he holds the keys of the authority to administer in all the ordinances of the 
priesthood: and without the authority is given, the ordinances could not be administered in 
righteousness." 129 . 12 . . . 

The higher ordinances, the greater blessings which are essential to exaltation in the kingdom 
of God, and which can only be obtained in certain places, no man has a right to perform 
except as he receives the authority to do it from the one who holds the keys. It makes no 
difference how great an office you have, what position in the Church you hold, you cannot 
officiate unless the keys, the sealing power, is there back of it. That is the thing that counts, 
and that is why Elijah came; that is why Moses came, for he also held keys of the priesthood; 
that is why they (Moses and Elijah) conferred upon the heads of Peter, James, and John, in 
that dispensation, these privileges or these powers, these keys, that they might go forth and 
perform this labor; and that is why they (Moses and Elijah) came to the Prophet Joseph 
Smith. 129 . 13 

NATURE OF SEALING POWER. Elijah restored to this Church and, if they would receive 
it, to the world, the keys of the sealing power; and that sealing power puts the stamp of 
approval upon every ordinance that is done in this Church and more particularly those that 
are performed in the temples of the Lord. Through that restoration, each of you, my brethren, 
has the privilege of going into this house or one of the other temples (I believe most of you 
have done so) to have your wife sealed to you for time and for all eternity, and your children 
sealed to you also, or better, have them bom under that covenant. 


What a glorious privilege it is to know that the family organization will remain intact. It is 
not destroyed. It does not come to an end when we have complied with the divine law, by 
virtue of the keys which are held by the President of the Church. 130. 14 

SEALING POWER EMBRACES LIVING AND DEAD. Elijah, the last of the prophets who 
held the keys of the sealing power in ancient Israel, came and bestowed that power, the 
power of sealing. Some members of the Church have been confused in thinking that Elijah 
came with the keys of baptism for the dead or of salvation for the dead. Elijah's keys were 
greater than that. They were the keys of sealing, and those keys of sealing pertain to the 
living and embrace the dead who are willing to repent. 

I think sometimes we look at this work for the salvation of the dead rather narrowly. It is a 
wrong conception to think of the people for whom we are doing work in the temple of the 
Lord as being dead. We should think of them as living; and the living proxy but represents 
them in receiving the blessings which they should have received, and would have received in 
this life, had they been living in a gospel dispensation. Therefore, every dead person for 
whom work is done in the temple is considered to be living at the time the ordinance is 
given; and those keys and blessings, which are conferred upon the dead by proxy, are given 
to the living who represent the dead in ordinance work which pertains to the gospel of Jesus 
Christ in this mortal life. 

So Elijah came, having the keys of sealing, and the power has been given unto us by which 
we may reach out after the dead. This sealing power embraces those who are dead, who are 
willing to repent and to receive the gospel, who died without that knowledge, just the same 
as it reaches out for those who repent who are living. That is the work of Elijah. 130. 15 


HOW CHRIST GAINED FULNESS OF PRIESTHOOD. Joseph Smith said: "If a man get a 
fulness of the priesthood of God, he has to get it in the same way that Jesus Christ obtained 
it, and that was by keeping all the commandments and obeying all the ordinances of the 
house of the Lord."131. 16 

I hope we understand that. If we want to receive the fulness of the priesthood of God, then 
we must receive the fulness of the ordinances of the house of the Lord and keep his 
commandments. 131. 17 This idea that we can put off our salvation because of some 
weaknesses of the flesh until the end, and then our children will go and do this work for us 
in the temple of the Lord when we are dead, will get us nowhere. Salvation for the dead is 
for those who died without a knowledge of the gospel so far as celestial glory is concerned. 
And those who have rejected the truth and who have fought the truth, who would not have it, 
are not destined to receive celestial glory. Now, the Lord says this — it is not my saying, I am 
glad to say, although I fully believe it. 131. 18 


little different way. I do not care what office you hold in this Church — you may be an 
apostle, you may be a patriarch, a high priest, or anything else — you cannot receive the 
fulness of the priesthood unless you go into the temple of the Lord and receive these 
ordinances of which the Prophet speaks No man can get the fulness of the priesthood outside 
of the temple of the Lord. There was a time when that could be done, for the Lord could give 
these things on the mountain tops — no doubt that is where Moses got it, that is no doubt 
where Elijah got it — and the Lord said that in the days of poverty, when there was no house 
prepared in which to receive these things, that they can be received on the mountain tops. 

But now we have temples, and you cannot get these blessings on the mountain tops; you will 
have to go into the house of the Lord, and you cannot get the fulness of the priesthood unless 
you go there. Do not think because somebody has a higher office in this Church than you 
have that you are barred from blessings, because you can go into the temple of the Lord and 
get all the blessings there are that have been revealed, if you are faithful; you can have them 
sealed upon you as an elder in this Church, and then you have all that any man can get. There 
have to be offices in the Church, and we are not all called to the same calling, but you can 
get the fulness of the priesthood in the temple of the Lord by obeying this which I have read 
to you. I want to make this emphatic. 132. 19 

the kingdom of God without the fulness of priesthood. How could a man be an heir in that 
kingdom without priesthood? While the sisters do not hold the priesthood, they share in the 
fulness of its blessings in the celestial kingdom with their husbands. These blessings are 
obtained through obedience to the ordinances and covenants of the house of the Lord. . . . 

To obtain the fulness of the priesthood does not mean that a man must become President of 
the Church. Every man who is faithful and will receive these ordinances and blessings 
obtains a fulness of the priesthood, and the Lord has said that "he makes them equal in 
power, and in might, and in dominion. "132. 20 Only one man at a time on the earth holds the 
keys of the priesthood; only one man at a time has the power to receive revelations for the 
Church; but the Lord has made it possible for every man in this Church, through his 
obedience, to receive the fulness of the priesthood through the ordinances of the temple of 
the Lord. This cannot be received anywhere else. 133. 21 

FULNESS OF PRIESTHOOD FOR LIVING AND DEAD. Only in the temple of the Lord 
can the fulness of the priesthood be received. Now that temples are on the earth, there is no 
other place where the endowment and the sealing powers for all eternity can be given. No 
man can receive the keys of exaltation in any other place. 

Joseph Smith has said that, "the saints have not too much time to save and redeem their dead, 
and gather together their living relatives, that they may be saved also, before the earth will 
be smitten, and the consumption decreed falls upon the world." 133. 22 When that day 


comes, those who have professed to believe in the latter-day work, and who have rejected 
the doctrine of temple building and the ceremonial endowments therein, will find themselves 
shut out of the kingdom of God. This subject occupied the mind of the Prophet Joseph Smith 
for several years before his death, for the Lord revealed to him all things pertaining to the 
work in the temples, and he revealed them unto others that the work might go on. 

In the temples the saints are performing the ordinances which will insure, through 
faithfulness, the fulness of the blessings of the kingdom of God. During the past century the 
Church has been true to this calling, and the prospect for the future is good. This work will 
go on through the millennium, until redemption shall come to all who are worthy to receive 
it. In the words of the Prophet: "Let the dead speak forth anthems of eternal praise to the 
King Immanuel, who hath ordained, before the world was, that which would enable us to 
redeem them out of their prison; for the prisoners shall go free. "133. 23 

fulness of the power of the priesthood. The Lord has restored the keys and authorities of all 
the dispensations and has made it possible, by the power of Elijah, to make every act 
performed by authority of force when men are dead or out of the world, Let us remember 
that all contracts, bonds, oaths, or performances, which are not entered into by the authority 
of this sealing power, are of no efficacy or virtue after men are dead. The house of the Lord 
is a house of order and everything in it is obedient to divine law. 134. 24 

When a man assumes authority which he does not have and becomes a law unto himself, 
according to the word of the Lord, he is not justified and must remain filthy still. 134. 25 Let 
each member of the Church reflect carefully upon these things and see to it that he or she is 
in perfect harmony with that which the Lord has revealed, and that all ordinances are 
received under the hands of those who are officially called and endowed with power from on 
high. 134. 26 


KEYS AND PRIESTHOOD COMPARED. President Joseph F. Smith has said: "The 
priesthood in general is the authority given to man to act for God. Every man ordained to any 
degree of the priesthood has this authority delegated to him. But it is necessary that every act 
performed under this authority shall be done at the proper time and place, in the proper way, 
and after the proper order. The power of directing these labors constitutes the keys of the 
priesthood. In their fulness, the keys are held by only one person at a time, the prophet and 
President of the Church. He may delegate any portion of this power to another, in which case 
that person holds the keys of that particular labor. "134. 27 

The president of a quorum holds the keys, or the right to direct, in that quorum of priesthood. 
The bishop holds the keys of authority in his ward. The president of a stake holds the keys of 
authority in his stake. The apostles hold the keys of authority to preach the gospel in all the 


world and to have it preached by authority. 135. 28 The President of the Church holds the 
keys over all the Church. In him is concentrated the power of the priesthood. He holds all the 
keys of every nature, pertaining to the dispensation of the fulness of times. All the keys of 
former dispensations which have been revealed are vested in him. 

We are taught that the new and everlasting covenant of the gospel embraces the fulness of 
the gospel — every covenant, contract, bond, obligation, vow, authority — and that the keys 
of this authority are held by the President of the Church, who is president of the High 
Priesthood, "and there is never but one on the earth at a time on whom this power and the 
keys of this priesthood are conferred."135. 29 

KEYS CENTER IN CHURCH PRESIDENT. I wish we could get it firmly fixed in our 
minds that only one man upon the face of the earth at a time holds, in their fulness, the 
powers, the keys, the authorities, of this glorious priesthood. The man who holds these keys 
by virtue of his right, that right which God himself has vested in him, has the right to 
delegate authority and to withdraw authority as he sees fit and receives inspiration so to do. 

No man, I do not care who he is or how much priesthood he holds, has any right to officiate 
in any ordinance of this gospel for any soul contrary to the sanction and the approval of the 
man who holds the keys of authority in this Church. Now the Lord has told us that. 

The priesthood is concentrated, centered if you please, in one man, and it radiates from him, 
so far as the Church is concerned upon the face of the earth, just as it radiates from Jesus 
Christ to him. He has the right to speak, to give counsel, to say what we shall do and what 
we shall not do by virtue of the priesthood, and he who goes contrary to that counsel is under 
condemnation in the sight of God. 136. 30 

CANNOT USE PRIESTHOOD WITHOUT KEYS. I have no right, there is no man upon the 
face of this earth who has the right to go forth and administer in any of the ordinances of this 
gospel unless the President of the Church, who holds the keys, sanctions it. He has given us 
authority; he has put the sealing power in our priesthood, because he holds those keys; and if 
the President of the Church should say to us, "You shall not baptize in this state or in that 
state, or in this nation," any man that would go forth to baptize contrary to that command 
would be violating a command of God and going contrary to authority and power; and that 
which he did would not be sealed. Oh, I wish we could understand that. We would not have 
some going around, as they have been doing in the past, claiming that they have authority to 
do certain things when they have no authority. They do not understand this thing. 

The man who holds the kegs can bestow and he can withdraw; he can give the power, and he 
may take it again; and if he takes it, that ends our right to officiate. That has been done; it 
may be done again. . . . 

Remember there is only one on the face of the earth who holds the sealing power of the 


priesthood, and he can delegate that power unto others that they may act, and they may seal 
on earth and it is valid, it is binding, so long as he sanctions it; if he withdraws it, no man 
can exercise that power. 136. 3 1 

notwithstanding I belong to the Council of the Twelve, to baptize one of my own children 
without first going to the bishop in the ward where I live and getting his consent, because he 
holds the keys for that ward to which I belong as a member. I have never baptized any of my 
children except — and I have baptized nearly all of them as far as I could do and on their 
birthdays, too, when they were eight years old -- except I have gone to the bishop and gained 
his sanction to perform that ordinance and to confirm them members of the Church. 

I have no right to go into a stake of Zion and ordain a man an elder without the appointment 
coming to me from the presidency of the stake, after the man to be ordained has been voted 
upon by those who have the right to vote to sustain him in that stake. If a man goes into a 
stake to perform an ordinance and he is not sent, if he is not called, he is violating authority, 
he is doing that which he has no right to do, and it is not valid. 

All this authority radiates from the President of the Church. The President of this Church 
could say, if the Lord gave him that inspiration, that we shall not preach the gospel any more 
in the New England states, or in the United States, or in Europe, and there would not be an 
elder in this Church that would have any authority, notwithstanding his priesthood, to go 
into any place where he had been forbidden to go and preach the gospel, if the President of 
the Church withdrew the authority. . . . 

has a right to perform a marriage for time and eternity unless he is designated or set apart by 
the President of the Church. No president of a stake, no bishop, no man has that authority 
unless he gets it from the President of the Church, just as it reads in this revelation. 

I have no authority to perform a marriage for anybody in this Church, or out of it, outside of 
the temples of the Lord, because I have been told by the Preside of the Church that I am not 
to perform marriages outside of the temples; but I have all the authority in the world to 
perform those marriages for time and for eternity in the temples of the Lord, because I have 
received that authority from the President of the Church. 

The bishops and the presidents of stakes have authority to perform marriages for time only 
outside of the temples, but they have no authority to go into the temples to perform those 
ordinances for time and eternity unless they have been especially designated to do it. And so 
with other men who labor in the house of the Lord, they have to be chosen and set apart for 
that labor. 138. 32 



authority held by Elijah, then, lies in the sealing ordinances, and more particularly those 
pertaining to the holy temple. Only one man at a time holds the keys of this sealing power on 
the earth. According to the revelation, "all covenants, contracts, bonds, obligations, oaths, 
vows, performances, connections, associations, or expectations" that pertain to the exaltation 
must be entered into and made with the sanction and approval of the sealing authority of the 
one who holds the keys of priesthood in the Church. 138. 33 This one is always the President 
of the Church who is President of the High Priesthood. He may, and does, delegate the 
sealing authority to others so that they may officiate in the temples in all the ordinances 
which pertain to the exaltation in the celestial kingdom; but no man can take this honor unto 

The President may at any time he is so disposed revoke the privilege and bring an end to the 
authority of any individual who may be called and set apart to perform these sacred 
ordinances. Any man who presumes to have authority to perform these sealing ordinances 
which belong to the house of the Lord, when it has not been given him by the one who holds 
the keys of authority, is an impostor and a fraud. It is a most astonishing thing that in view of 
what the Lord has revealed, there are those who rise up from time to time claiming that they 
have authority and no one can take it from them. There is order in the Church. 

KEYS CAUSE SEALING OF ORDINANCES IN HEAVEN. While the majority of the male 
members hold the priesthood and are called to officiate in a general way in the ordinances of 
the gospel, yet we, one and all, should realize that it is the power vested in the President of 
the Church by virtue of the keys he holds, which come from Elijah in particular and from the 
other prophets of old in general, which makes valid the authority which we possess. Without 
that central authority with its commanding keys and the privilege extended to the men 
holding the priesthood by this one person who presides, the acts of those who are ordained to 
the priesthood could not be administered in righteousness. 

Peter, James, and John restored the Melchizedek Priesthood, out of which all the offices 
come; but the ordinances of the gospel which are performed by virtue of that High 
Priesthood receive their final sanction and approval by virtue of the keys of authority. In 
other words they are bound in heaven as well as on earth by virtue of the sealing power. 

139. 34 


and Covenants, the Lord has this to say: "For whoso is faithful unto the obtaining these two 
priesthoods of which I have spoken, and the magnifying their calling, are sanctified by the 
Spirit unto the renewing of their bodies. They become the sons of Moses and of Aaron and 
the seed of Abraham, and the church and kingdom, and the elect of God, And also all they 
who receive this priesthood receive me, saith the Lord." 


And if we receive the Lord, then, surely the Lord receives us, and we are in fellowship with 
him, "For he that receiveth my servants receiveth me; And he that receiveth me receiveth my 

Now, here is the great blessing, which I think many of us have overlooked, and especially 
these young men when they are called and sustained to be ordained to the office of elder: 
"And he that receiveth my Father" — and of course we receive the Father through our 
faithfulness and our obedience -- "receiveth my Father's kingdom; therefore all that my 
Father hath shall be given unto him." 140. 35 

Can you think of a greater blessing the Lord could offer to any man holding the priesthood? 
But this is based upon faithfulness and the magnifying of the calling, 

In other revelations, you know, the Lord says: "And [they] who overcome by faith, and are 
sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise, . . . They are they into whose hands the Father has 
given all things — . . . they are gods, even the sons of God." 140. 36 

"And this is according to the oath and covenant which belongeth to the priesthood, 
Therefore, all those who receive the priesthood, receive this oath and covenant of my Father, 
which he cannot break, neither can it be moved." 

Here is a definite, positive statement that every man who receives the priesthood receives it 
with an oath and covenant that he will magnify his calling, that he will be faithful and true, 
and his reward will be to become a son of God and a joint-heir with Jesus Christ in having 
the fulness of the Father's kingdom. No greater blessing could be offered. 

And then the Lord has said: "Therefore, all those who receive the priesthood, receive this 
oath and covenant of my Father, which he cannot break, neither can it be moved." 

not made to high priests alone, but to all who receive the priesthood. And then the Lord is 
promising us everything that he has if we will be faithful. Is it not fair that the punishment 
for violation of that covenant, and the trampling of that priesthood under our feet, should 
bring a punishment, on one hand, as severe as the reward will be glorious on the other? And 
so the Lord says: "But whoso breaketh this covenant after he hath received it, and altogether 
turneth therefrom, shall not have forgiveness of sins in this world nor in the world to come." 
141. 37 

Oh, if we could only impress that upon the mind of every man when he is called to receive 
the priesthood. Now, only those who magnify their callings will be chosen. 141. 38 

Thus when a man is ordained to the Melchizedek Priesthood, he receives it with an oath and 
covenant that he will magnify his calling and be faithful before the Lord. That does not 


follow in the case of the Aaronic Priesthood, so the Prophet tells us. 141. 39 They who are 
faithful in receiving these two priesthoods become the sons of Moses and of Aaron, and the 
elect of God in regard to the Melchizedek Priesthood. 

Now when a man makes a covenant that he will receive the priesthood and magnify it, and 
then he violates that covenant, "and altogether tumeth therefrom" — there is a chance to 
repent if he does not altogether turn therefrom — then there is no "forgiveness of sins in this 
world nor in the world to come." That does not mean that man is going to become a son of 
perdition, but the meaning is that he will never again have the opportunity of exercising the 
priesthood and reaching exaltation. That is where his forgiveness ends. He will not again 
have the priesthood conferred upon him, because he has trampled it under his feet; but as far 
as other things are concerned, he may be forgiven. 142. 40 


priesthood, and the power of the priesthood, and the ordinances of the Church which we 
receive through the priesthood -- had this to say: "And this greater priesthood administereth 
the gospel and holdeth the key of the mysteries of the kingdom, even the key of the 
knowledge of God." 

So if there is no priesthood, there is no knowledge of God. And that is why the world is in 
darkness today, because they have no priesthood. They have lost the knowledge of God. And 
so they have been teaching all manner of tradition, all manner of false doctrine, all manner of 
man- made philosophy in relation to God and the principles of truth pertaining to the 
salvation of men. These principles can only be received, if you please, through the power of 
the priesthood, for it is by that power that the keys of the knowledge of God are obtained. 

Let me read that again: "And this greater priesthood administereth the gospel and holdeth the 
key of the mysteries of the kingdom, even the key of the knowledge of God. Therefore, in 
the ordinances thereof, the power of godliness is manifest. And without the ordinances 
thereof, and the authority of the priesthood, the power of godliness is not manifest unto men 
in the flesh; For without this, no man can see the face of God, even the Father, and live." 

142. 41 

When we read things of this nature, it ought to make every man among us who holds the 
priesthood rejoice to think that we have that great authority by which we may know God, 

Not only the men holding the priesthood know that great truth, but because of that 
priesthood and the ordinances thereof, every member of the Church, men and women alike, 
may know God. 143. 42 





WHAT IS AN APOSTLE? An apostle, the dictionary states, is "one of the twelve chosen by 
Christ to proclaim his gospel; also a Christian missionary who first evangelizes a certain 
nation; any zealous advocate of a doctrine or cause." We frequently hear a man spoken of as 
the apostle of some great undertaking because he was the pioneer in his particular field. 

The true calling of the apostles of Jesus Christ is to hold the fulness of the priesthood and to 
proclaim the gospel in all the world. They hold the keys, to open the door by the 
proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and first unto the Gentiles and then unto the 
Jews. 144. 1 In this dispensation there is a reversal of this commandment given to the Twelve 
in former days; then they were commanded to go first to the Jews and then to the 
Gentiles. 144. 2 The Lord said that in these last days the first should be last and the last 
should be first. 144. 3 Since the restoration of the gospel it has been carried to the Gentile 
nations, and soon it will be taken to the Jews. Fulfilment of prophecy indicates that the days, 
or "times of the Gentiles," are about fulfilled, and the days of Judah are now at hand. 144. 4 

TWO KINDS OF APOSTLES DISTINGUISHED. The term apostle is recognized in the 
Church in the sense in which it is defined in the dictionary. Men have been called apostles 
who have been sent forth with the gospel message even when they have not been ordained to 
that particular office. The seventies of the Church are at times referred to as the seventy 
apostles, because they are the missionaries of the Church and are sent out with the message 
of salvation and as witnesses for Christ into all the world, although they do not hold the 
office of apostle in the restricted sense. 

In like manner the Lord spoke of the brethren who were ordained high priests: "Therefore, 
go ye into all the world; and unto whatsoever place ye cannot go ye shall send, that the 
testimony may go from you into all the world unto every creature. And as I said unto mine 
apostles, even so I say unto you, for you are mine apostles, even God's high priests; ye are 
they whom my Father hath given me; ye are my friends." 145. 5 

This revelation was given two years and four months before the first men were ordained to 
the special calling as apostles in the Church, but as they were commissioned to go forth 
proclaiming the gospel as witnesses for Christ, he designated them as his apostles. 

In a discourse by President Wilford Woodruff in 1856, he said, speaking to the brethren 
holding the priest, hood: "Let the twelve apostles, and the seventy apostles, and high priest 


apostles and all other apostles rise up and keep pace with the work of the Lord God, for we 
have no time to sleep. What is a man's life good for, or his words or work good for when he 
stands in the way of men's salvation, exaltation, and glory? They are of no use at all." 145. 6 

To think that President Woodruff believed and intended to convey the thought that there 
were apostles who were of the Twelve, and some of the seventies, and some of the high 
priests, is absurd. He merely desired to call attention to the fact that men holding these 
offices in the priesthood who were called to carry the gospel into the world as witnesses of 
its restoration should be alert and alive to their great responsibility. 

SPECIAL STATUS OF "ORDAINED" APOSTLES. The fact is well established that Christ 
chose twelve men and conferred upon them the apostleship, and these twelve men 
constituted the only Council of Apostles in the Church in that day, and there is but one 
Council of Apostles in the Church today. These twelve men are endowed with the power and 
responsibility to serve as the special witnesses for Christ. They are entitled to have the 
inspiration and necessary guidance of the Holy Ghost to fit and qualify them for this 
important mission. 

All men may, by virtue of the priesthood and the gift of the Holy Ghost, become witnesses 
for Christ. In fact that is just what every elder in the Church should be, but there is a special 
calling which is given to the Twelve special witnesses that separates them from other elders 
of the Church in the nature of their calling as witnesses. These twelve men hold the fulness 
of authority, keys, and priesthood, to open up the way for the preaching of the gospel to 
every nation, kindred, and tongue. Others who go forth go under their direction and are 
subject unto them. This work of proselyting is in their hands, and under the counsel of the 
First Presidency they are called upon to conduct all the affairs of the Church and the 
preaching of the gospel to every creature. 146. 7 

JOSEPH SMITH BECAME AN APOSTLE IN 1820. In the spring of 1820, after the vision 
was given to Joseph Smith of the Father and the Son, he stood as the only witness among 
men who could testify with knowledge that God lives and Jesus Christ is verily his Son. In 
this knowledge he became a special witness for Christ, and thus an apostle before the 
priesthood had been restored. With the coming of John the Baptist, and Peter, James, and 
John, the priesthood was restored; then Oliver Cowdery, as well as Joseph Smith, became a 
special witness for Christ, and hence an apostle. 

These men were not ordained to the special calling, or office, as apostles. When John the 
Baptist came, we know what happened for his exact words are given. He conferred upon 
Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery the Aaronic Priesthood. 147. 8 In similar manner Peter, 
James, and John conferred upon them the Melchizedek Priesthood, and not an office. Oliver 
Cowdery has said that this was so. Having received the priesthood, they had power to ordain 
each other, after the organization of the Church, to offices in this priesthood, for the Lord 
had said that all offices are appendages of the priesthood and grow out of it. 147. 9 . . . 


Covenants, section 27:12-13, the Lord says that he sent Peter, James, and John to ordain 
Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery and that by virtue of that ordination they became apostles 
and special witnesses. 147. 10 This is true, but as previously stated these men were not 
ordained to the specific office in the priesthood, but received the priesthood itself out of 
which the offices come, Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery were therefore, by virtue of the 
conferring of priesthood, apostles or special witnesses, for Jesus Christ, and the only men 
among men who could testify from knowledge and personal contact as did the Twelve in the 
meridian of time. 147. 1 1 

On the day of the organization of the Church, Joseph Smith ordained Oliver Cowdery to the 
office of elder, and Oliver Cowdery ordained Joseph Smith to that same office, in keeping 
with the instructions they had received from the heavenly messengers who had first come to 
them. . . . When the Church was organized, Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery received the 
first offices coming out of the priesthood and bestowed for the necessary government of the 
Church. These offices were conferred by unanimous vote of the little band of worshipers 
who organized the Church. 

NO ORDAINED OFFICES OUTSIDE CHURCH. The priesthood, under certain conditions, 
may be held independent of the Church. Such was the case from the 15th of May, 1829, to 
the 6th of April, 1830. This had to be the case for the Church could not be organized without 
the authority for the organization preceding it. The offices, which grow out of the 
priesthood, for they are appendages to it, belong also to the Church and therefore are not 
conferred independent of the Church. 

There can be no Church of Jesus Christ without priesthood. Wherever the Church is there 
must be divine authority for its government. This same divine authority must also be 
exercised, in all its ramifications, within the Church and in the work of proselyting, for the 
Church has the mission to carry the gospel to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people, as 
well as caring for those who have come into its fold. It is by virtue of the priesthood sent 
from heaven that ordinances of salvation are performed in behalf of men. There could be no 
ordinance of baptism and remission of sins without it; there could be no bestowal of the gift 
of the Holy Ghost; no one could properly preach the gospel, for any preaching without the 
authority back of it would be impotent and lifeless. 

GROWTH OF OFFICES IN THE CHURCH. After the organization of the Church, 
proselyting commenced and the Church grew in numbers, in spite of bitter opposition and 
persecution, for all sects and parties were arrayed against it. At the beginning two elders 
could take care of the little flock, but the Lord revealed piecemeal, line upon line, until the 
fulness of organization came. There was in the beginning need for officers of the Aaronic 
priesthood, and deacons, teachers, and priests were soon ordained. As development came 
other elders were needed to preside over the early branches which were organized. 


Later there came the need for bishops to take charge of the temporal affairs. The bishop is 
the presiding officer of the Aaronic Priesthood, whose duty is essentially, but not 
exclusively, to look after the temporal affairs of the Church, High priests were also ordained, 
and later patriarchs, or evangelists, seventies, the First Presidency — the presiding quorum of 
the Church — and the Council of Twelve Apostles. In this manner, in the course of a very 
brief time, the same organization which existed in the primitive Church was fully 
established. Branches grew into stakes of Zion. Missions were opened and the word began to 
be preached with success in various parts of the world. 149. 12 

dispensation of the fulness of times the Lord made it known that the organization of the 
primitive Church of Jesus Christ was to be restored. As early as June, 1829, before the 
Church was organized, a revelation came calling the witnesses of the Book of Mormon to 
choose the Twelve who should constitute the Council of Apostles. 149. 13 . . . 

It was nearly six years after this revelation that the apostles were chosen. After the return of 
Zion's camp from Missouri to Kirtland, the Prophet Joseph Smith called all the brethren who 
went forth on that journey together. From these men who had been willing to risk their lives 
in the service of the Lord, the Three Witnesses, who were set apart to choose out the Twelve, 
made the selection of the Apostles. This was on the 14th day of February, 1835, and the men 
were chosen in the following order: 

1. Lyman E. Johnson, 2. Brigham Young, 3. Heber C. Kimball, 4. Orson Hyde, 5. David W. 
Patten, 6. Luke S. Johnson, 7. William E. McLellin, 8. John F. Boynton, 9. Orson Pratt, 10. 
William Smith, 11. Thomas B. Marsh, 12. Parley P. Pratt. 

Young, and Heber C. Kimball were then called forward, ordained, and instructed in that 
order, after which the meeting adjourned. The following day, February 15th, the ordinations 
continued. Orson Hyde, David W. Patten and Luke S. Johnson were called forward and 
ordained. William E. McLellin, John F. Boynton and William Smith were also each ordained 
after which the congregation adjourned. Some of the brethren were absent on this occasion. 
February 21, 1835, Parley P. Pratt was ordained. Elders Thomas B. Marsh and Orson Pratt, 
being away on missions, it was not until near the end of April when they were ordained. 
Elder Marsh returned to Kirtland, April 25th, and Elder Orson Pratt on the following day. 

After the Twelve had all been selected and ordained they were organized according to age in 
the council. Thomas B. Marsh the oldest became the senior, and the first man ordained, 
Lyman E. Johnson, the junior. 150. 14 

FILLING VACANCIES IN COUNCIL OF TWELVE. There is no set rule in regard to the 
choosing of apostles. For instance: The first Twelve chosen in this dispensation were 


selected by the Three Witnesses. Others, both in the day of the Prophet and since his day, 
have been chosen by direct revelation through the President of the Church. Others have been 
chosen as was Matthias in the days of the ancient apostles. At other times, the members of 
the Presidency and the Twelve present names which are considered by the First Presidency 
and one chosen by "lot" much as Matthias was. 151. 15 


ANCIENT PROPHETS AND THE APOSTOLIC POWER. The question has arisen at times, 
Do the apostles hold greater authority and keys than were given to ancient prophets? The 
answer to this question is that they do not. Many of the prophets of old had conferred upon 
them the fulness of the power of the priesthood. Adam was chosen, under Jesus Christ, to 
hold the keys of salvation on this earth. . . . 

Then we know that Enoch, Melchizedek, Abraham, Moses, and Elijah held the fulness of the 
priesthood and officiated in its ordinances. Elijah was the last of the prophets in ancient 
Israel who held the fulness of the priesthood, that is to say, the last of the prophets clothed 
with the fulness of the sealing power. The prophets who came after him did not hold this 
fulness. The fact that Elijah was the last connotes that there were prophets before him who 
also held the keys of the priesthood, and this we have learned from the revelations given to 
Joseph Smith the Prophet. 151. 16 

HISTORY OF ANCIENT APOSTLES. The history of the apostles chosen in the days of 
Christ is vaguely known. Tradition, which is faulty, has told us some things about them and 
how each met his death. We know that Judas Iscariot lost his standing because of his 
treacherous betrayal of the Master, and Matthias was called to take his place. 151. 17 We 
know that James, the son of Zebedee, was killed with the sword not long after the 
resurrection of our Lord. John was given the privilege of remaining on the earth with a 
translated body until Christ shall come again. 151. 18 Peter was crucified, and at his own 
request, tradition states, upside down because of his humiliation in denying the Lord. 152. 19 
Paul met his death in Rome. 152. 20 

We know that it was the custom in the beginning to fill vacancies in this presiding council, 
for the quorum of the Twelve was to remain in the Church during its entire existence. 152. 21 
We know that in course of time there came a "falling away," and the Church was taken from 
the earth, and the priesthood went back to God for a season. 152. 22 

ministry he called the first apostles who were ever ordained to that office so far as we have 
any knowledge. He conferred upon them all the power and authority of the priesthood. He 
also appointed three of these Twelve to take the keys of presidency. Peter, James, and John, 
acted as the First Presidency of the Church in their day. 152. 23 


There is no evidence in any scripture or prophecy declaring that these three men acted 
independently, or apart from the Council of the Twelve Apostles. All the information we 
have indicates that they served in this capacity while serving at the same time as three of the 
Council of the Twelve. 

In this last dispensation we have received the added information, and perhaps the added 
order of priesthood, and we have in the Church of Jesus Christ today the quorum of the First 
Presidency, separate from the Council of the Apostles. It is under the direction of the First 
Presidency that the apostles act in all matters in the priesthood and in the Church. In the 
dispensation of the fulness of times, when the keys and authorities of the dispensations from 
the beginning of time have been revealed and restored, it is noteworthy that the order of 
priesthood in all its ramifications, powers, and offices, should be given to the Church in the 
whole and complete manner in which we find it today. 153. 24 

ADDITIONS TO COUNCIL OF TWELVE ANCIENTLY. We have no record that states 
that in the days of the apostles of old that any one was ever ordained to be an apostle and not 
to be a member of the Council of the Twelve. The Savior chose Twelve Apostles, and this 
quorum was to continue, according to the revelations, 153. 25 but at no place has the Lord 
said that others more than the Twelve and a Presidency of three should be called. 

Paul was an ordained apostle, and without question he took the place of one of the other 
brethren in that Council. 153. 26 

APOSTOLIC TESTIMONY OF CHRIST. It is question, able if all of the apostles in the 
former dispensation were "personal" witnesses of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, if by that 
is meant that he appeared to them after his resurrection. This is certainly true of the original 
eleven. 153. 27 Paul saw in vision, 153. 28 but we have evidence that the Council of the 
Apostles was maintained for some time after the death of some of the original 
Twelve. 153. 29 Whether these ever had a visitation from the Savior the records do not state. 

Every member of the Council of the Twelve Apostles should have, and I feel sure have had, 
the knowledge of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This does not have to come by direct 
visitation of the Savior, but it does come from the testimony of the Holy Ghost. Let me call 
your attention to the statement of the Savior in Matthew 12:31, 32. The testimony of the 
Holy Ghost is the strongest testimony that can be given. It is better than a personal visit. It is 
for this reason that the Savior said that all manner of sin and blasphemy against the Holy 
Ghost could not be forgiven. 154. 30 


his martyrdom, the Prophet bestowed upon the Twelve Apostles — who constitute the second 
quorum in the Church — all the keys and all the ordinances and priesthood necessary for 


them to hold in order to carry on this great and glorious work of universal salvation. 

That the Twelve did receive these keys and powers we learn from the following quotations 
from the Times and Seasons. Orson Hyde, one of that quorum, said: 

"Before I went east on the 4th of April [1844] last, we were in council with Brother Joseph 
almost every day for weeks; said Brother Joseph in one of those councils, 'There is 
something going to happen; I don't know what it is, but the Lord bids me to hasten and give 
you your endowment before the Temple is finished.' He conducted us through every 
ordinance of the holy priesthood, and when he had gone through with all the ordinance he 
rejoiced very much, and said, 'Now if they kill me, you have got all the keys, and all the 
ordinances, and you can confer them upon others, and the hosts of Satan will not be able to 
tear down the kingdom as fast you will be able to build it up'; and now, said he, 'On your 
shoulders will the responsibility of leading this people rest.' 154 . 31 

This testimony is corroborated by the testimony of Elder Wilford Woodruff who says: "They 
[the Twelve] received their endowments, and actually received the keys of the kingdom of 
God, and oracles of God, keys of revelation, and the pattern of heavenly things; and thus 
addressing the Twelve [Joseph] exclaimed, 'Upon your shoulders the kingdom rests, and you 
must round up your shoulders and bear it, for I have had to do it until now.'" 155 . 32 

Sister Bathsheba W. Smith, wife of George A. Smith, one of the Twelve to whom these keys 
were given, was present in the council meetings above referred to, and in an affidavit, dated 
November 19, 1903, she says: 

"In the year 1 844, a short time before the death of the Prophet Joseph Smith, it was my 
privilege to attend a regular prayer circle meeting in the upper room over the Prophet's store. 
There were present at this meeting most of the Twelve Apostles, their wives and a number of 
other prominent brethren and their wives. On that occasion the Prophet arose and spoke at 
great length, and during his remarks I heard him say that he had conferred on the heads of 
the Twelve Apostles all the keys and powers pertaining to the priesthood, and that upon the 
heads of the Twelve Apostles the burden of the kingdom rested, and that they would have to 
carry it." 155 . 33 

CHOOSING A CHURCH PRESIDENT. The Prophet, in anticipation of his death, conferred 
upon the Twelve all the keys and authorities which he held. He did not bestow the keys on 
any one member, but upon them all, so that each held the keys and authorities. All members 
of the Council of the Twelve since that day have also been given all of these keys and 
powers. But these powers cannot be exercised by any one of them until, if the occasion 
arises, he is called to be the presiding officer of the Church. The Twelve, therefore, in the 
setting apart of the President do not give him any additional priest, hood, but confirm upon 
him that which he has already received; they set him apart to the office, which it is their right 
to do. 


On the death of the President, the Council of the Twelve becomes the presiding quorum in 
the Church until by their action they organize again the First Presidency. 

This is a consistent order. If only one man held this binding and loosing power, then the 
Lord would be under the necessity of restoring it each time a new President of the Church 
was called. 

There is no mystery about the choosing of the successor to the President of the Church. The 
Lord settled this a long time ago, and the senior apostle automatically becomes the presiding 
officer of the Church, and he is so sustained by the Council of the Twelve which becomes 
the presiding body of the Church when there is no First Presidency. The president is not 
elected, but he has to be sustained both by his brethren of the Council and by the members of 
the Church. 

length of time which elapsed from the death of the Prophet Joseph Smith and the 
organization of the First Presidency in the days of President Brigham Young, I would like to 
say that every move was new. Never before had such a condition arisen, and the brethren 
were slow to act. President John Taylor followed the same course and also President Wilford 
Woodruff, but some time before the death of President Woodruff he gave instruction that 
there should be no delay in the reorganization of the Presidency, and this was the will of the 
Lord. Since that time the First Presidency has been completed as soon as convenient, which 
is the proper order of the Church. 

have been sustained as prophets, seers, and revelators ever since the time of the dedication of 
the Kirtland Temple. There is only one man at a time who holds the keys of revelation for 
the Church. 156. 34 The Twelve Apostles may receive revelation to guide them in their 
labors and to assist them in setting in order the priesthood and organizations of the Church. 
When they are sent out into a stake by authority, they have all the power to receive 
revelation, to make changes, and to conduct the affairs according to the will of the Lord. But 
they do not receive revelations for the guidance of the whole Church, only wherein one of 
them may succeed to the Presidency. In other words the right to receive revelation and 
guidance for the whole Church is vested in each one of the Twelve which he could exercise 
should he succeed to the Presidency. But this power is dormant while the President of the 
Church is living. 

APOSTLES ARE ALWAYS HIGH PRIESTS. All of the apostles are high priests and are so 
ordained. They belong to a quorum of high priests separate and distinct from the high priests 
quorum in a stake. The First Presidency is a presidency of high priests, as stated in the 
revelation 157. 35 and since every apostle has the priesthood and keys to enable him to serve 
as President of the Church, he necessarily must be a high priest. 


Presidency may or may not be ordained apostles. We have had some who were not, 
including: John R. Winder, Charles W. Nibley, William Law, Frederick G. Williams, and 
Sidney Rigdon. 157. 36 


CALLING AND MISSION OF NEPHITE TWELVE. The Twelve men chosen by our Savior 
among the Nephites are called disciples in the Book of Mormon. Nephi wrote of his vision 
given nearly 600 years before the birth of the Lord as follows: 

"And the angel spake unto me, saying: Behold the twelve disciples of the Lamb, who are 
chosen to minister unto thy seed. And he said unto me: Thou rememberest the twelve 
apostles of the Lamb? Behold they are they who shall judge the twelve tribes of Israel; 
wherefore, the twelve ministers of thy seed shall be judged of them; for ye are of the house 
of Israel. And these twelve ministers whom thou beholdest shall judge thy seed. And, 
behold, they are righteous forever; for because of their faith in the Lamb of God their 
garments are made white in his blood." 158. 37 

In fulfilment of this prophecy, when the Savior came to the Nephites, he chose twelve men 
and gave them authority to minister in his name among the Nephites on this American 
continent in all the ordinances essential to their salvation. These twelve went forth healing 
the sick, performing many miracles, and administering the ordinances as they had been 
commanded to do. The fulness of the gospel, with the power and the authority of the 
Melchizedek Priesthood, was given to the Nephites the same as it was to the Church on the 
Eastern Hemisphere. Moreover, the Lord informed the Nephites that the law that had been 
given to Moses, including the offering of sacrifices by the shedding of blood, had been done 
away in him. 158. 38 

While in every instance the Nephite Twelve are spoken of as disciples, the fact remains that 
they had been endowed with divine authority to be special witnesses for Christ among their 
own people. Therefore, they were virtually apostles to the Nephite race, although their 
jurisdiction was, as revealed to Nephi, eventually to be subject to the authority and 
jurisdiction of Peter and the Twelve chosen in Palestine. 

According to the definition prevailing in the world, an apostle is a witness for Christ, or one 
who evangelizes a certain nation or people, "a zealous advocate of a doctrine or cause." 
Therefore, in this sense the Nephite Twelve became apostles, as special witnesses, just as did 
Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery in the dispensation of the fulness of times. 

MINISTERS AMONG LOST TRIBES. When the Savior taught the Nephites, he informed 
them that he had "other sheep" which were not of the Nephites, neither of the land of 


Jerusalem, and these also were to hear his voice and be ministered to by him. It is reasonable 
for us to conclude that among these others, who were hidden from the rest of the world, he 
likewise chose disciples -- perhaps twelve — to perform like functions and minister unto their 
people with the same fulness of divine authority. 159. 39 




TWO HEREDITARY OFFICES IN CHURCH. The office of Patriarch to the Church is one 
of two hereditary offices in the Church, the other being that of Presiding Bishop. 160. 1 In 
the case of the Presiding Bishop, however, the Lord has not revealed the line of descent, and 
since one holding the office of high priest may serve, this order has been followed from the 
beginning in this dispensation. ... In case of the Patriarchal office, the Lord has designated 
the line of descent. By revelation and commandment Joseph Smith, Sr., was called and 
ordained to this office. 160. 2 

From the days of Adam the office of patriarch has descended from father to son. Adam is the 
great Patriarch of the human family and will preside over his posterity forever. 160. 3 

PATRIARCHAL ORDER: FROM ADAM TO MOSES. The order of this priesthood which 
was established in the beginning was patriarchal. The authority descended from father to 
son, and those who held it were high priests. This order of descent from Adam to Noah is 
given in the Doctrine and Covenants. 160 4 Noah, who stands next to Adam in authority, 
brought this priesthood through the flood, and it continued from generation to 
generation. 160. 5 Abraham, the 10th from Noah, received special blessings from the Lord, 
and the priesthood continued through him and his seed with the promise that all who 
received the gospel should be counted as Abraham's seed and partake of his blessings. 161. 6 

The patriarchal authority has come down from Abraham through Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, and 
Ephraim. Why Manasseh, the older son of Joseph, was not chosen we do not know. If we 
had the full record, this matter would no doubt be made clear. 161.7 All through the 
centuries from the beginning to the days of Moses, the patriarchal priesthood prevailed. 
Those who held this authority were high priests. 

— the descendants of Jacob, grandson of Abraham — were in the wilderness, after their 


deliverance from Egypt, the Lord offered them, on conditions that they would serve him, the 
fulness of this priesthood with all its blessings, and they would have become a nation of 
priests under this patriarchal order. 

However, the children of Israel rebelled; they showed themselves unworthy of this great 
honor, and the Lord in his anger denied them this fulness of priesthood with all the rites that 
would prepare them for the exaltation in his presence. When Moses went up into the mount 
and remained 40 days, the Lord gave him two tables of stone on which were carved his holy 
commandments, with the promise to Israel of blessings, through their faithfulness, that 
would permit them "to enter into his rest." 

When Moses returned and found the people worshiping the golden calf, the God of the 
Egyptians, in his anger he threw down the tables and broke them. Then, later, at the 
command of the Lord, he went back into the mountain and received other tables, also written 
by the finger of God; but these did not contain the same commandments in all particulars 
that were on the first. The Lord had eliminated that which pertained to the higher blessings. 
162. 8 

BIRTHRIGHT IN ANCIENT ISRAEL. In this dispensation it was made known to Joseph 
Smith that the right to hold the keys of this patriarchal office belonged to his father, Joseph 
Smith, Sr. This authority was conferred upon Joseph Smith, father of the Prophet, by right of 
his being "the oldest man of the blood of Joseph, or of the seed of Abraham." 

It is well understood by Latter-day Saints that the birthright (which usually is conferred upon 
the oldest son in the family) passed by Reuben, the firstborn son of Jacob, because of his 
transgression, and it was placed upon the head of Joseph by divine revelation. 162. 9 Joseph 
was the eldest son of Rachel and by long odds the most worthy son of Jacob. Because of his 
worthiness and his integrity, and, perhaps, the fact that he was the firstborn son of Rachel, he 
was chosen to occupy this exalted position among the sons of Israel. 

However, for reasons which we do not understand for the history of those events is very 
brief, this authority came down through the lineage of Joseph's second son, Ephraim. It was 
Ephraim who was called to occupy the position held by his father, and he is spoken of in the 
scriptures as the firstborn in Israel. 162. 10 Since that day the record of descent of the 
patriarchal power is very meager. 


JOSEPH SMITH, SR., LIRST LATTER-DAY PATRIARCH. It is sufficient for us to know 
that in this day the Lord by revelation declared it was the right of Joseph Smith, father of the 
Prophet, to stand in this important office as the Patriarch holding the keys of this ministry. 

He was, as we have said, the first man called to occupy this position in this dispensation. 

163. 1 1 He was ordained by his illustrious and honored son, Joseph, to this position 


December 18, 1833, and held this office with honor and' with the inspiration of the Lord 
resting upon him, until his death, September 14, 1840, at the age of 69 years. His life was 
shortened by persecution and mobocracy. 163. 12 

PROPHET'S BLESSING UPON HIS FATHER. In the blessing pronounced upon his father's 
head, given December 18, 1833, the Prophet said: 

"Three years previous to the death of Adam, he called Seth, Enos, Cainan, Mahalaleel, Jared, 
Enoch, and Methuselah, who were all high priests, with the residue of his posterity who were 
righteous, into the valley of Adam-ondi-Ahman, and there bestowed upon them his last 
blessing. And the Lord appeared unto them, and they rose up and blessed Adam, and called 
him Michael the prince, the archangel. And the Lord administered comfort unto Adam, and 
said unto him: I have set thee to be at the head; a multitude of nations shall come of thee, and 
thou art a prince over them forever. 163. 13 

"So shall it be with my father. He shall be called a prince over his posterity, holding the keys 
of the Patriarchal Priesthood over the kingdom of God on earth, even the Church of the 
Latter-day Saints, and he shall sit in the general assembly of patriarchs, even in council with 
the Ancient of Days, when he shall sit and all the patriarchs with him, and shall enjoy his 
right and authority under the direction of the Ancient of Days. . . . 

"Again, blessed is my father, for the hand of the Lord shall be over him, and he shall be full 
of the Holy Ghost. . . . Behold, the blessings of Joseph by the hand of his progenitor shall 
come upon the head of my father and his seed after him, to the uttermost." 164. 14 

HEREDITARY NATURE OF PATRIARCHAL OFFICE. It has always been understood, 
and so the revelations declare, that this office is hereditary. In a revelation to Hyrum Smith a 
few days after the organization of the Church, the Lord foreshadowed the coming of this 
priesthood as it would descend upon the head of Hyrum Smith, and implied that it would be 
an office which would pertain to his family, in the following words: 

"Behold, I speak unto you, Hyrum, a few words; for thou also art under no condemnation, 
and thy heart is opened, and thy tongue loosed; and thy calling is to exhortation, and to 
strengthen the church continually. Wherefore thy duty is unto the church forever, and this 
because of thy family." 164. 15 

The statement that the duty of Hyrum Smith was to the Church forever, because of his 
family, evidently conveys the thought that he would succeed to the office of Patriarch and 
that it should continue in his posterity to the end of time, for, surely, it would have to 
continue in this way to last forever in the Church upon the earth among mortal men. Then 
again, the blessing pronounced upon the head of Hyrum Smith's father, was that this calling 
was to come upon his head "and his seed after him, to the uttermost." And so, down through 
the history of the Church, this doctrine has been recognized. 164. 16 

was succeeded in this office by his faithful son, Hyrum, who was ordained to this position, 
January 24, 1841. In the call which came by revelation to Hyrum Smith the Lord said: 


"And again, verily I say unto you, let my servant William [Law] be appointed, ordained, and 
anointed, as a counselor unto my servant Joseph, in the room of my servant Hyrum, that my 
servant Hyrum may take the office of Priesthood and Patriarch, which was appointed unto 
him by his father, by blessing and also by right; That from henceforth he shall hold the keys 
of the patriarchal blessings upon the heads of all my people, That whosoever he blesses shall 
be blessed, and whosoever he curses shall be cursed; that whatsoever he shall bind on earth 
shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever he shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." 
165. 17 

This blessing pertains to the office and calling of the man who holds the keys of the 
Patriarchal Priesthood. 

HYRUM ALSO GIVEN KEYS OF KINGDOM. The Lord conferred upon Hyrum Smith, 
however, another important and special honor, in making him as well as Joseph Smith a 
holder of the keys of authority in this dispensation of the fulness of times. These are the 
words of that appointment: "And from this time forth I appoint unto him that he may be a 
prophet, and a seer, and a revelator unto my church, as well as my servant Joseph." 165. 18 

This was a special blessing given to Hyrum Smith, and in accepting it he took the place of 
Oliver Cowdery, upon whom these keys had previously been bestowed. It should be 
remembered that whenever the Lord revealed priesthood and the keys of priesthood from the 
heavens, Oliver Cowdery stood with Joseph Smith in the presence of the heavenly 
messengers, and was a recipient, as well as Joseph Smith, of all this authority. They held it 
conjointly, Joseph Smith as the first and Oliver Cowdery as the second elder of the Church. 

HYRUM SMITH: WITNESS OF RESTORATION. Thus the law pertaining to witnesses 
was fully established, for there were two witnesses standing with authority, keys, and 
presidency, at the head of this the greatest of all dispensations. 165. 19 When through 
transgression Oliver Cowdery lost this wonderful and exalted blessing, Hyrum Smith was 
chosen by revelation of the Lord to take his place — the Lord calling him in these words: 

"That he [Hyrum Smith] may act in concert also with my servant Joseph; and that he shall 
receive counsel from my servant Joseph, who shall show unto him the keys whereby he may 
ask and receive, and be crowned with the same blessing, and glory, and honor, and 
priesthood, and gifts of the priesthood, that once were put upon him that was my servant 
Oliver Cowdery; That my servant Hyrum may bear record of the things which I shall show 
unto him, that his name may be had in honorable remembrance from generation to 
generation, forever and ever." 166. 20 


And thus, according to promise, the Lord opened the vision of Hyrum Smith and showed to 
him those things which were necessary to qualify him for this exalted position, and upon him 
were conferred by Joseph Smith all the keys and authorities by which he, Hyrum Smith, was 
able to act in concert with his younger brother as a prophet, seer, and revelator, and president 
of the Church, "as well as my servant Joseph." 166. 21 

The Prophet Joseph blessed Hyrum as follows: "Blessed of the Lord is my brother Hyrum, 
for the integrity of his heart. ... He shall stand in the tracks of his father and be numbered 
among those who hold the right of Patriarchal Priesthood, even the Evangelical Priesthood, 
and power shall be upon him. 166. 22 

martyrdom of Hyrum Smith, his oldest son, John, was but a boy 1 1 years of age and 
therefore too young to act in this calling. President Brigham Young said it would have been 
the right of Samuel, brother of Hyrum, to have received this office, but Samuel died in the 
year 1 844, shortly after the martyrdom. 

William Smith was thus left the only surviving brother of Hyrum Smith, and President 
Young and the apostles said it was William's right, and they therefore ordained him to this 
office in the summer of 1845, but at the October conference of 1845, the saints rejected him. 
William Smith, therefore, was never legally installed in this office. 167. 23 

question raised as to the number of men who have held this office of Patriarch to the Church, 
and some errors have been made in listing them. At the general conference held in October, 
1844, President Brigham Young said it was William's right to be ordained to the office of 
Patriarch to the Church. However, because of the unstable attitude of William, no action was 
taken at this or at the next conference held in April, 1845, although at each of these 
conferences William was sustained in his calling as an apostle. 

At a meeting of the Council of the Apostles held in Nauvoo, May 24, 1 845, after a long 
consultation with William, in which he apparently humbled himself and promised faithfully 
to support the apostles, William Smith was ordained to this office of Patriarch to the Church. 
It was only a few days later, however, or on May 29th, that the brethren were under the 
necessity of severely rebuking William Smith for his rebellious spirit, and from that time 
forth until the time of the October conference he continued to manifest a dissatisfied spirit 
and a disposition to disregard the counsels of the priesthood. 

The result was that at the October conference, 1845, he was rejected, both as a member of 
the Council of the Apostles and as Patriarch, by "unanimous vote." William Smith, therefore, 
was never sustained in this office by a vote of the people. President Joseph F. Smith 
maintained most strenuously that, because of this, William Smith should not be classed 


among the Patriarchs holding this exalted position, and for that reason, in speaking of the 
Presiding Patriarchs, William Smith has not been included. 168. 24 

The offices of Patriarch and Assistant-President were held by Hyram Smith until the 
martyrdom. The office of Patriarch was then offered to William Smith, the only surviving 
brother of the Prophet, and President Brigham Young declared it was his by right. William 
Smith confirmed the saying of the Lord, "many are called, but few are chosen," 168. 25 for he 
failed to magnify this calling, turned against his brethren, and was excommunicated. He was 
never sustained by the vote of the people, and therefore never did legally act; he was called, 
but was not chosen. 168. 26 

ASAEL SMITH NOT PATRIARCH TO CHURCH. It has also been said that Asael Smith, 
brother of the first Patriarch, had been ordained to this position, but this is not the case. He 
was ordained a patriarch, but was never called to the position of Presiding Patriarch, having 
died in the interval between the rejection of William Smith and the ordination of John Smith, 
Asael's younger brother. 

DESCENT OF PATRIARCHAL OFFICE. John Smith, uncle of the Prophet Joseph, and 
younger brother of the first Patriarch, was ordained to this position, January 1, 1849; he died 
in Salt Lake City, May 23, 1854. 

After his death the office reverted to the family of Hyram Smith, his eldest son, John, being 
ordained February 18, 1855.168. 27 He was an inexperienced boy 22 years of age at the time 
of his ordination, and after he was ordained President Brigham Young sent him on a mission 
that he might gain experience. He died in Salt Lake City, November 6, 1911, after holding 
the office for over 56 years. 

The fifth Patriarch was Hyram Gibbs Smith, grandson of John Smith, and the great-grandson 
of Hyram Smith. He was ordained under the hands of President Joseph F. Smith, May 9, 
1912. He died February 4, 1932, in Salt Lake City.169. 28 During the 19 years of his ministry 
he gave 21,590 blessings which were recorded, or 93 1 more than his grandfather 
gave. 169. 29 


was a very lovable character, even tempered, fatherly in his advice and instruction, well 
informed in relation to the principles of the gospel, and admirably adapted to his high and 
holy calling. He was devoted to his work in the Church. His heart was filled with tender 
mercy for his fellow beings, and the spirit of blessing, which it was his right to possess, was 
one of the strongest manifestations of his noble character. 

He was called to occupy one of the greatest positions of honor and trust ever conferred upon 

man. This calling came to him by divine right according to the decree of our Eternal Father, 
and he stood as a father to Israel, holding the keys of Patriarchal Priesthood and blessing, 
with the right to declare by revelation the lineage of each member of the Church, and to seal 
upon the head of each a blessing with the power, through faithfulness, to come forth in the 
morning of the resurrection to enter into glory in the presence of the Lord. 

mean that every man who is ordained to the office of Patriarch receives an office which 
should descend to his son after him, but that the calling of the man who holds the keys of 
this ministry and priesthood, other things being in harmony, shall descend upon his posterity 
after him, by legal and divine right. It always should be kept in mind, that worthiness is one 
of the essential prerequisites upon which right to this office is based. Only through 
obedience to gospel truth, and by worthiness in every particular, is a man who is of the 
rightful lineage entitled to succeed to this exalted office. 

A patriarch is a high priest. The first government given to man on this earth was patriarchal, 
and that order continued throughout all generations, we have reason to believe, until the days 
of Moses, when the Lord took from Israel the higher blessings of the gospel, as well as the 
general exercise of the Melchizedek Priesthood, and left the people subject to the law of 
Moses and under the direction of priests of the Aaronic order. 170. 30 

holds the keys of blessing for the members of the Church. He has the authority to seal 
blessings upon the heads of the members in all parts of the Church, that they may, if they 
prove faithful, enjoy whatever is pronounced upon their heads and come forth in the 
resurrection to obtain eternal life. To gain such blessings, however, all the ordinances and 
covenants belonging to the gospel and to exaltation must by them be received. 

A blessing given by a patriarch is intended to point out the path which the recipient should 
travel. It should be given by the spirit of revelation and should be a great comfort and 
incentive to the recipient to continue on in faithfulness to the end. The patriarch also holds 
the key by which the lineage of those whom he blesses may be made known. It is a very 
important and most holy and sacred calling. 170. 3 1 

taken in the giving of patriarchal blessings. They should be given only in the spirit of prayer 
and humility. Patriarchs should sit down with the candidates for blessings and question them 
in relation to their lives, what they have done in the Church and otherwise. They should feel 
of their spirits, discover if they have been active or inactive in the Church, learn all about 
them that they can; then, relying on the Spirit of the Lord, patriarchs should give them 
conservative blessings. 



patriarchs are blessing members of the Church as follows: "1 bless you and seal you up to 
come forth to your exaltation in the world to come." This is wrong. The patriarch has a right 
to seal a member up to come forth in the morning of the first resurrection, based upon his or 
her faithfulness, and that is all. 

POWER OF PATRIARCHS TO DECLARE LINEAGE. A patriarch giving a blessing has 
the right of inspiration to declare the literal descent of the person receiving the blessing; he 
does not have authority to assign that individual to any tribe. Through the waters of baptism 
and the priesthood, Church members become heirs of Abraham with all the rights belonging 
to the children of Abraham through their faithfulness. 171. 32 

If a patriarch gives a blessing and the lineage is not designated, is it considered a patriarchal 
blessing? Yes. However, a patriarch has the right of discernment to designate the lineage. 

If in a blessing the lineage is not given, the person may go to the patriarch and ask for that 
information, and if the patriarch is so inspired, he may declare it and have it added to the 
blessing. If the patriarch is deceased, another patriarch could add that part to the blessing. 

SACRED NATURE OF PATRIARCHAL BLESSINGS Groups or classes in auxiliaries, 
seminaries, and the like, should not be sent to patriarchs. Members should go individually. 
Patriarchal blessings are individual blessings, sacred to those who receive them. It is not 
intended that patriarchal blessings should become public property. 

There is no definite age limit for blessings, but we advise that blessings should not be given 
to any who are not old enough to understand what a blessing is for. They should at least be 
old enough to be deacons and sisters of like age. A person should be in the Church at least a 
year before seeking a blessing. 

FATHERS CAN GIVE PATRIARCHAL BLESSINGS. A faithful father who holds the 
Melchizedek Priesthood may bless his own children, and that would be a patriarchal 
(father's) blessing. Such a blessing could be recorded in the family records, but it would not 
be preserved in the archives of the Church. Every father who is true to this priesthood is a 
patriarch over his own house. In addition, children may receive a blessing by an ordained 
patriarch. A father blessing his own child could, if he received the inspiration to do so, 
declare the lineage of the child. 172. 33 


the sick has been an ordinance of the gospel practiced from the beginning when the authority 
of the priesthood has been found on the earth. 

The usual procedure is stated by James: "Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any 


merry? let him sing psalms. Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; 
and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer 
of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, 
they shall be forgiven him. "173. 34 

We read in the New Testament how Jesus laid his hands upon individuals and healed them. 
173. 35 At times, because of the abundant faith of the afflicted, the Savior healed them by 
just a word, but his command to his disciples was that they should lay their hands upon the 
sick. This ordinance was not one that was introduced for the first time in the dispensation of 
the meridian of time, for in the Old Testament are numerous cases of healing. Two very 
interesting cases are the raising of the widow's son by Elijah 173. 36 and the similar 
restoration of the dead son of the Shunammite woman. 173. 37 

This great gift was manifest after the resurrection of Jesus during the sojourn of his apostles 
on the earth. Following their passing the spiritual gifts ceased and the anointing with oil and 
the blessing of the sick came to an end — not because these gifts were no longer needed, but 
because faith had departed from the souls of men and the priesthood had been taken from the 
earth. Henceforth the cry has been heard that these gifts were only intended for the days of 
the apostles and are no longer needed. Nevertheless, there have been many times when 
sincere, devout people, who have endeavored to observe the commandments of the Lord to 
the best of their knowledge, have been blessed and healed through the prayer of faith. The 
prayers of honest souls who sincerely seek blessings from the Lord are often answered, and 
the Lord accepts their faith. 

ORDINANCE OF ADMINISTRATION RESTORED. In this dispensation the Lord has 
spoken and given commandment in relation to the administration of the sick in the following 
words: "And whosoever among you are sick, and have not faith to be healed, but believe, 
shall be nourished with all tenderness, with herbs and mild food, and that not by the hand of 
an enemy. And the elders of the church, two or more, shall be called, and shall pray for and 
lay their hands upon them in my name; and if they die they shall die unto me, and if they live 
they shall live unto me." 174. 38 

The detail in anointing and blessing the sick is as follows. Two or more elders should be 
called for the purpose. One elder should pour the oil from the bottle containing pure olive 
oil, which has been consecrated, upon the crown of the head of the sick person. (One drop 
taken from a medicine dropper is improper, nor should the oil be poured from a spoon.) The 
brother anointing should not seal the anointing but leave that to the second elder who offers 
the prayer of administration. The sick person should be called by name in the anointing, and 
it should be done in the name of Jesus Christ and by authority of the Melchizedek Priesthood 
according to the revelation, and to the end that the sick person may be healed. 

After the ordinance of anointing is finished, the elders present, two or more, including the 
one who anointed, will lay their hands upon the head of the sick and offer a prayer in faith in 


the name of Jesus Christ and by virtue of the priesthood which they hold seal the anointing, 

If moved upon by the Spirit of the Lord, the brother who is voice may rebuke the illness and 
bless with life and health. Prayers and blessings for the sick need not be of great length, that 
which is essential should be uttered and then the prayer closed in the name of Jesus Christ. 
After the administration is finished, it is wisdom for the elders who officiate not to prolong 
their visit but cheerfully withdraw. 

INSTRUCTIONS ON ANOINTING AND SEALING. The following is taken from the MIA 
Manual of 1902-3, pages 58-59: 

"The ordinance of administering to the sick usually consists of two parts: The anointing, and 
the prayer of faith, The first usually is performed by one of the elders. The sealing of the 
anointing is performed by all the elders gathered around the person and laying hands on him 
or her, one of them offering the prayer. The words to be used are not prescribed. In this 
anointing it is necessary to use the name of Messiah and to invoke the power of the 
priesthood, witnessing that the anointing is performed for the purpose of healing. In sealing 
the anointing the same name and authority should be used, and the statement made that the 
anointing for the healing of the sick is sealed, the disease rebuked, and the blessing of health 
promised. Any additions, conditions, or promises that are dictated by the inspiration of the 
Lord, should of course be set forth in the prayer. Those officiating should exercise the 
strongest possible faith for the patient's recovery, and place themselves thoroughly under the 
influence of the Spirit of the Lord because in such cases much depends on the faith of the 
elders and the spirit that accompanies them. Faith to heal the sick is one of the most 
desirable gifts of the gospel and should be sought by all the elders; and they should be in 
readiness at any time to exercise this power in behalf of the unfortunate." 

"And these things ye shall not do, except it be required of you by them who desire it, that the 
scriptures might be fulfilled; for ye shall do according to that which is written." 175. 39 

PROPER ADMINISTRATION PROCEDURES. If a man were alone with a sick person, 
should he anoint with oil and give the blessing and seal it by himself? If an elder is alone and 
no help is available, and he is called on to administer to the sick, he has full authority both to 
anoint and seal the anointing. 

Is it proper to anoint the afflicted parts of the body? No. The anointing should be on the 
crown of the head. (It could be a matter of impropriety to anoint afflicted parts of the body.) 

Is it permissible to administer the oil internally? No. Taking the oil internally is not part of 
the administration. If persons who are ill wish to take oil internally, they are not forbidden, 
but many sicknesses will not be improved by oil in the stomach. 

Is it proper for an elder to take with him a brother holding the Aaronic Priesthood to assist in 
administering to the sick? This question has been answered by the First Presidency and 


Council of the Twelve as follows: 

"It was the sense of the Council . . . that the practice [of administering] be confined to the 
elders; but in the case of absolute necessity, that is where an elder finds himself in the 
situation that he cannot avail himself of the company of another elder, he may, if opportunity 
affords, avail himself of the company of a member of the Aaronic Priesthood, or even a lay 
member, but for the purpose only of being supported by the faith of such member or 
members, the elder alone to officiate in the ordinance of administration; or, the elder may 
administer alone without such assistance of a lay member or one holding the Aaronic 
Priesthood."176. 40 

were alone with a sick person, could he anoint with the oil and then seal the anointing with 
his wife assisting using the priesthood she holds jointly with her husband? President Joseph 
F. Smith answered this question as follows: 

"Does a wife hold the priesthood with her husband, and may she lay hands on the sick with 
him, with authority? A wife does not hold the priesthood with her husband, but she enjoys 
the benefits thereof with him; and if she is requested to lay hands on the sick with him, or 
with any other officer holding the Melchizedek Priesthood, she may do so with perfect 
propriety. It is no uncommon thing for a man and wife unitedly to administer to their 
children." 177. 41 

When this is done the wife is adding her faith to the administration of her husband. The wife 
would lay on hands just as would a member of the Aaronic Priesthood, or a faithful brother 
without the priesthood, she in this manner giving support by faith to the ordinance 
performed by her husband. The Prophet Joseph Smith said, "Respecting females 
administering for the healing of the sick, . . . there could be no evil in it, if God gave his 
sanction by healing; that there could be no more sin in any female laying hands on and 
praying for the sick, than in wetting the face with water; it is no sin for anybody to 
administer that has faith, or if the sick have faith to be healed by their administration." 177. 42 
Such an administration would not be by virtue of the priesthood, but a manifestation of faith. 

ADMINISTRATIONS AND FORGIVENESS OF SINS. James says when a man administers 
to a sick person he has power to remit his sins; how does the elder get power to remit sins? 

It is not the elder who remits or forgives the sick man's sins, but the Lord. If by the power of 
faith and through the administration by the elders the man is healed, it is evidence that his 
sins have been forgiven. It is hardly reasonable to think that the Lord will forgive the sins of 
a man who is healed if he has not repented. Naturally he would repent of his sins if he seeks 
for the blessing by the elders. 178. 43 

WOMEN AND THE PRIESTHOOD. There is nothing in the teachings of the gospel which 


declares that men are superior to women. The Lord has given unto men the power of 
priesthood and sent them forth to labor in his service. A woman's calling is in a different 
direction. The most noble, exalting calling of all is that which has been given to women as 
the mothers of men. Women do not hold the priesthood, but if they are faithful and true, they 
will become priestesses and queens in the kingdom of God, and that implies that they will be 
given authority. The women do not hold the priesthood with their husbands, but they do reap 
the benefits coming from that priesthood. 

WOMEN NOT TO ANOINT OR SEAL BLESSINGS. The Brethren do not consider it 
necessary or wise for the women of the Relief Society to wash and anoint women who are 
sick. The Lord has given us directions in matters of this kind; we are to call in the elders, and 
they are to anoint with oil on the head and bless by the laying on of hands. 

The Church teaches that a woman may lay on hands upon the head of a sick child and ask the 
Lord to bless it, in the case when those holding the priesthood cannot be present. A man 
might under such conditions invite his wife to lay on hands with him in blessing their sick 
child. This would be merely to exercise her faith and not be, cause of any inherent right to 
lay on hands. A woman would have no authority to anoint or seal a blessing, and where 
elders can be called in, that would be the proper way to have an administration performed. 

REPEATED ANOINTINGS NOT NECESSARY. If a sick person has been anointed and the 
following day seeks another blessing, it is not necessary to anoint with oil the second time, 
President Joseph F. Smith has left us this counsel: "In the matter of administering to the sick, 
according to the order and practice established in the Church, care should be taken to avoid 
unwarranted repetitions. When an administration is made, and when the blessing pronounced 
upon the afflicted one has been received, the ordinance should not be repeated, rather let the 
time be given to prayer and thanksgiving for the manifestation of divine power already 
granted and realized. No limit should be or can be set to the offering of prayer and the 
rendering of praise to the Giver of Good, for we are specially told to pray without ceasing, 
and no special authority of the priesthood or standing in the Church is essential to the 
offering of prayer; but the actual administration by anointing with oil and by the imposition 
of hands by those who hold the proper office in the priesthood is an authoritative ordinance, 
too sacred in its nature to be performed lightly, or to be repeated loosely when the blessing 
has been gained." 179 44 

SICK NOT DEDICATED TO LORD. The elders are to bless and comfort the sick and 
acknowledge the hand of the Lord in all things; but they are not to dedicate a person to the 
Lord. In regard to the dedicating of the very sick, or the suffering, to the Lord when they are 
administered to (thus presumably giving them up to death), and as to the advisability of this 
custom, we have this definite information from the First Presidency: 

"The custom which is growing in the Church to dedicate those who appear to be beyond 
recovery, to the Lord, has no place among the ordinances of the Church. The Lord has 


instructed us, where people are sick, to call in the elders, two or more, who should pray for 
and lay their hands upon them in the name of the Lord; and 'if they die,' says the Lord, 'they 
shall die unto me, and if they live they shall live unto me.' 180 45 No possible advantage can 
result from dedicating faithful members of the Church to the Lord prior to their death. Their 
membership in the Church, their devotion to the faith which they have espoused, are 
sufficient guarantee, so far as their future welfare is concerned. 

"The administration of the ordinances of the gospel to the sick is for the purpose of healing 
them, that they may continue lives of usefulness until the Lord shall call them hence. This is 
as far as we should go. If we adhere strictly to that which the Lord has revealed in regard to 
this matter, no mistake will be made. "180. 46 


OLIVE OIL: AN EMBLEM OF PURITY AND PEACE. Why is olive oil, instead of some 
other kind, used in administering to the sick? When was this practice first instituted? By 
what authority was it instituted? 

Oil used in the anointing of the sick and for other holy purposes, including the anointing in 
the house of the Lord, must be pure oil, free from all unsavory conditions and impure 
elements. For this reason it is very evident that oil produced from animal bodies could not be 
used. The purest oils come from the higher forms of plant life, and among these the olive tree 
stands preeminently first. 

The olive tree from the earliest times has been the emblem of peace and purity. It has, 
perhaps, been considered more nearly sacred than any other tree or form of vegetation by the 
inspired writers of all ages through whom we have received the word of the Lord. In 
parables in the scriptures the House of Israel, or the people who have made covenant with 
the Lord, have been compared to the olive tree. 180. 47 

We, even in this modem day when things are turned upside down, speak of the olive branch 
as being the emblem of peace, and it is usually portrayed as being carried in the bill of the 
dove of peace. When the Prophet Joseph Smith sent to the saints in Missouri a copy of 
section 88 of the Doctrine and Covenants, one of the greatest revelations ever given to man, 
he said: "I send you the olive leaf which we have plucked from the Tree of Paradise." 181. 48 


Just when olive oil was first used in anointing we do not know, for the record is silent as to 
the original use of oil for this purpose; but we do have the word of the Lord given to Israel 
through Moses some 1500 years before the birth of our Lord, wherein the use of olive oil is 
commanded for holy purposes, as the following will show: 


"And thou shalt command the children of Israel, that they bring thee pure oil olive beaten for 
the light, to cause the lamp to burn always." 181. 49 

"And of cassia five hundred shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary, and of oil olive an hin: 
And thou shalt make it an oil of holy ointment, an ointment compound after the art of the 
apothecary: it shall be an holy anointing oil. "181. 50 

"And he made the holy anointing oil, and the pure incense of sweet spices, according to the 
work of the apothecary." 181. 51 

Zechariah, also, wrote: "Then answered I, and said unto him, What are these two olive trees 
upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof? And I answered again, 
and said unto him, What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes 
empty the golden oil out of themselves? And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not 
what these be? And I said, No, my lord. Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that 
stand by the Lord of the whole earth." 182. 52 

From these quotations from the scriptures we discover that the pure oil of the olive was 
commanded to be used in the lamps in the Temple, or Tabernacle, in the wilderness when 
Israel was waiting to enter the promised land, and also to be used for holy anointing. This 
practice was continued in Solomon's Temple. 

of gladness, or of anointing, which is spoken of in the Psalms and other scriptures, and with 
which the kings and prophets were anointed, was the pure oil of the olive which grew 
abundantly in Palestine. 182. 53 

One of the curses which Moses predicted would come upon Israel, if the children of Israel 
turned from the commandments of the Lord, was that they would have olive trees throughout 
all their coasts, but they should not anoint themselves with the oil, for their olive trees would 
cast their fruit. 182. 54 

Micah, at a later day, when Israel had turned from the Lord, again warned the people of 
Israel and said: "Thou shalt sow, but thou shalt not reap; thou shalt tread the olives, but thou 
shalt not anoint thee with oil; and sweet wine, but shalt not drink wine." 182. 55 This was to 
come upon them as a punishment for their transgressions. 

ANOINTING WITH OIL IN MERIDIAN OF TIME. The use of olive oil for the anointing of 
the sick was in vogue in the Church of Jesus Christ of former days. James says: "Is any sick 
among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing 
him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the 
Lord shall raise him up: and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him." 183. 56 


PRIESTHOOD BLESSINGS WITHOUT USE OF OIL. This same practice was instituted in 
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the beginning and has continued until 
now, and will continue as an ordinance as long as present conditions endure. 

There have been cases, sad to relate, where elders of the Church, through lack of 
understanding, have refused to administer to the sick under conditions where oil could not be 
had. It is the privilege and duty of the elders to bless the sick by the laying on of hands, If 
they have pure olive oil which has been consecrated for this purpose, one of them should use 
it in anointing the sick, and then they should by the laying on of hands seal the anointing. If 
no oil is to be had, then they should administer by the laying on of hands in the power of the 
priesthood and in the prayer of faith, that the blessing sought may come through the power 
of the Spirit of the Lord, This is in accordance with the divine plan inaugurated in the 
beginning. 183. 57 




CRITICS OF BIBLE INSPIRED BY SATAN. The Holy Bible has had a greater influence on 
the world for good than any other book ever published. It has been printed in more editions 
and translated into more languages and read by more people than any other book. No other 
publication has been more severely and critically examined. The reason for the Bible's great 
influence for good is because it is inspired and contains the word of the Lord delivered to his 
prophets, who wrote and spoke as they were moved upon by the Holy Ghost, since the world 
began. 184. 1 

It has drawn the fire of adverse criticism for the self-same reason. Had it not been an inspired 
record less attention would have been paid to it by the opposing critics, who have drawn 
their inspiration from the author of evil, who in the very beginning swore in his wrath that he 
would endeavor to destroy the work of God. 184. 2 

APOSTATE CLERGY RESIST PRINTING OF BIBLE. As late as the 14th century, when 
the world was dominated by a despotic power that feared not God nor served him, there were 
few outside of the clergy who were educated enough to read and write. Priests became the 
lawyers, diplomats, ambassadors, instructors, and prime ministers of the nations. All learned 
men talked and wrote in Latin, the language of Rome. It is recorded that for centuries a man 


convicted of crime in England, by showing that he could read and write, could claim the 
benefits of a trial in the ecclesiastical courts, which by long abuse came to mean exemption 
from the punishment of the criminal law of the land. 

With the invention of the printing press learning revived, and during the days of the 
reformation many among the common people learned to read and write. By that time the 
books of the Bible had been compiled and several translations had been made in the 
languages of the people of Europe. Wycliffe's Bible appeared in 1330 and was followed by 
other translations at a later date both in English and other tongues. 

At first there was an attempt on the part of the powerful but corrupt clergy to destroy these 
copies which were prepared without authority being granted by the great Catholic Church. 
Before the time of printing a copy of the Bible cost the sum of 500 crowns. Through the aid 
of printing the price was reduced to five crowns, which made it possible for the people not 
only to have the privilege of hearing the scriptures read in their native tongue, but also to 
acquire the understanding by which they could read them for themselves. 

Kneighton, many years before had expressed the prevailing notion about the reading of the 
scriptures, when he denounced the general reading of the Bible, lamenting "lest the jewel of 
the church hitherto the exclusive property of the clergy and divines, should be made 
common to the laity." Archbishop Arundel, in England, had issued an enactment that "no 
part of the scriptures in English should be read, either in public or in private, or be thereafter 
translated, under pain of the greater excommunication." The New Testament translation of 
Erasmus was forbidden at Cambridge, and the Vicar of Croyden said from his pulpit: "We 
must root out printing, or printing will root us out." 185. 3 

In the reign of Henry VIII, the reading of the Bible by the common people, or those who 
were not of the privileged class, had been prohibited by act of parliament, and men were 
burned at the stake in England as well as in the Netherlands and elsewhere for having even 
fragments of the scriptures in their possession. 

DEATH PENALTY FOR OFFENSE OF READING BIBLE. For those who were considered 
derelict in church duties, or heretical in doctrine, edicts were declared, forbidding them to 
gather in private assemblies for devotion, in various parts of Europe. "All reading of the 
scriptures, all discussion within one's own doors concerning faith, the sacraments, the papal 
authority, or other religious matter, was forbidden under penalty of death," writes Motley, in 
The Rise of the Dutch Republic. "The edicts were no dead letter. The fires were kept 
constantly supplied with human fuel by monks who knew the art of burning reformers better 
than that of arguing with them. The scaffold was the most conclusive of syllogisms, and used 
upon all occasions." 186. 4 

Continuing this woeful account of conditions in the rebellious Netherlands and other 


countries under Spanish rule, the same author says: "Charles [V] introduced and organized a 
papal inquisition side by side with those terrible 'placards' of his invention, which 
constituted a masked inquisition even more cruel than that of Spain. The execution of the 
system was never permitted to languish. The number of Netherlanders who were burned, 
strangled, beheaded, or buried alive, in obedience to his edicts, and for the offense of reading 
the scriptures, or looking askance at a graven image, or of ridiculing the actual presence of 
the body and blood of Christ in a wafer, has been placed as high as one hundred thousand by 
distinguished authorities, and has never been put at a lower mark than fifty thousand. "186. 5 

Think of a condition such as this prevailing among those who professed to be the ministers 
of the word of God and the teachers of the revelations of the prophets! The Lord declared 
that the people should know his will by the study of the scriptures, and his disciples taught 
that they were given by inspiration of God and were profitable for doctrine in righteousness, 
and were written expressly for our learning! 187. 6 

In spite of the strict and horrible ruling in the ages that were dark, the people continued to 
print, to read, to study, to learn much in regard to the scriptures, until the prediction of the 
Vicar of Croyden was fulfilled. 187. 7 

BIBLE APPROVED BY LATTER-DAY REVELATION. Today there is more criticism and 
doubt thrown on the Bible and especially on the writings of Moses, than at any previous 
time. Higher criticism has endeavored to destroy the authenticity of the five books of Moses 
and place the writing of them at a much later date. This revelation to Joseph Smith 
establishes the authenticity of the words of Moses, 187. 8 and to every true Latter-day Saint 
the question of the validity and authorship of the Book of Genesis, and other books of the 
scriptures, is a settled question. The Lord has settled it by new revelation in the dispensation 
of the fulness of times. 187. 9 

century and longer there has been a tendency to dissect the scriptures. But we are taught that 
they are not of private interpretation and cannot be understood except by the light of the 
Holy Spirit. 187. 10 The book of Doctrine and Covenants, one of the precious works, has 
come from the Lord to us. It is the word of God to us who live now. Therefore, we have 
three witnesses. 

They may assail the Bible, as they do, and endeavor to prove that the writings attributed to 
different men were not written by them. We leave that to them. They can do as they please 
with their learning; we will cling to the Bible because we know that whatever errors there 
are, they are the errors of uninspired men who have done the translating. But they must not 
and cannot tread upon other ground that we have. 

They have assailed the Book of Mormon from an outside standpoint and claim that it was 
translated, or as they say, written by someone else than Joseph Smith. But we have disproved 


that, and the Book of Mormon comes to us pure, having been translated by divine power, 
and it contains incontrovertible internal evidence to those who read it and know anything 
about the power and Spirit of God — it comes to them with internal evidence of its divinity 
and they know it is true. Therefore, we have this besides which we have the Doctrine and 
Covenants, and these three witnesses enable us to occupy a different position from any other 
religious denomination upon the face of the earth. 188. 11 


sincere believers in the Bible realize that it is, like most any other book, filled with 
metaphor, simile, allegory, and parable, which no intelligent person could be compelled to 
accept in a literal sense. . . . 

When the Lord said to Noah, "Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as 
the green herb have I given you all things," 188. 12 does any person believe that this 
permission included the use of unclean animals and every poisonous herb which carries 
within its leaves or roots the power of agonizing death? Should we not have the liberty to 
interpret this, as we do similar things in other writings, in the light of wisdom and with a 
sprinkling of reason, guided by what else may be written in the sacred word bearing upon the 

When Jacob blessed his sons and said, "Judah is a lion's whelp, . . . Issacher is a strong ass, . 

. . Joseph is a fruitful bough" by a well, 189. 13 must we he forced to believe that these sons 
literally became a lion's whelp, a strong ass between two burdens, a serpent, a hind let loose, 
and a bough of a tree by a well, because a court, in the famous trials in Tennessee involving 
the teaching of evolution, has ruled that the Bible must be interpreted literally? 

David said: "My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the 
sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword." 189. 14 
Very queer looking enemies were these according to such a ruling. The Preacher said: "A 
wise man's heart is at his right hand; but a fool's heart at his left. "189. 15 Must we, therefore, 
take these sayings literally? 

SYMBOLISM AND FIGURES ENHANCE BIBLE. If we are forced by constitutional 
declaration or court decree, or for any other cause, to interpret the Bible literally in all that is 
recorded, then Jesus is a lamb, 189. 16 the Pharisees are whited sepulchers that devour 
widow's houses, 189. 17 the saints are sheep and lambs, 189. 18 and the unrighteous at the day 
of judgment are to be turned into goats, 189. 19 while the people of the present day are turned 
into wheat and tares. 189. 20 

The Lord has not taken from those who believe in his word the power of reason. He expects 
every man who takes his "yoke" upon him to have common sense enough to accept a figure 


of speech in its proper setting, and to understand that the holy scriptures are replete with 
allegorical stories, faith-building parables, and artistic speech. Much of the beauty of the 
Bible, even in the translations which have come to us, is found in the wonderful figures of 
this kind, which have never been surpassed. For example, read the 19th, the 23rd, and the 
24th Psalms; Judah's desperate plea for the liberty of his brother Benjamin; 190. 21 the poetic 
flights of Isaiah, and the Sermon on the Mount. 190. 22 

Where is there a writing intended to be taken in all its parts literally? Such a writing would 
be insipid and hence lack natural appeal. To expect a believer in the Bible to strike an 
attitude of this kind and believe all that is written to be a literal rendition is a stupid thought. 
No person with the natural use of his faculties looks upon the Bible in such a light. 190. 23 

MANY TRUTHS LOST FROM BIBLE. In no place in the Hebrew scriptures, as the 
translations have come to us, is there a well defined definition of such terms as soul, second 
death, eternal punishment, terms over which the religious world contends because of lack of 
understanding. Why are men without this understanding? Is it not because they proclaim that 
the heavens are sealed? That there is no more revelation? That the canon of scripture is full, 
and the Lord has no more doctrine to reveal through prophets for the knowledge and benefit 
of mankind? Truly do they cry, "A Bible! A Bible! We have got a Bible, and there cannot be 
any more Bible." 190. 24 They have closed the heavens against themselves and say they are 
in the strait and narrow path while helplessly groping in the dark. 

Without doubt these terms were thoroughly understood by the prophets and holy men of old 
who wrote and spoke "as they were moved by the Holy Ghost." 190. 25 It is very probable 
that the correct interpretation of these expressions, as used by the ancient prophets, was lost 
in the copying and translating of the scriptures. None can successfully deny that changes 
were made by translators and scribes, according to their human understanding. We are 
informed in the Book of Mormon that the Hebrew scriptures went "forth from the Jews in 
purity unto the Gentiles, according to the truth which is in God," and after they went forth 
from the Jews many changes were made, and "many parts which are plain and most precious; 
and also many covenants of the Lord have they taken away." 191. 26 

If the teachers of religion in the various sects are content, under these conditions, to stand 
united and agreed that the canon of scripture is full, saying "We have got a Bible, and we 
need no more Bible," they are bound to garner conflicting notions not in keeping with the 
saving power of the gospel of our Lord. 191. 27 

VERSIONS OF THE BIBLE. We are all aware that there are errors in the Bible due to faulty 
translations and ignorance on the part of translators; but the hand of the Lord has been over 
this volume of scripture nevertheless, and it is remarkable that it has come down to us in the 
excellent condition in which we find it. Guided by the Books of Mormon, Doctrine and 
Covenants, and the Spirit of the Lord, it is not difficult for one to discern the errors in the 


The Church uses the King James Version of the Bible because it is the best version 
translated by the power of man. 

The revision of the Bible which was done by Joseph Smith at the command of the Lord was 
not a complete revision of the Bible. There are many parts of the Bible in which the Prophet 
did not change the meaning where it is incorrect. He revised as far as the Lord permitted him 
at the time, and it was his intention to do more, but because of persecution this was not 
accomplished. However, all that he did is very helpful for the major errors have been 
corrected. 191 . 28 


organization of the Church, the members were desirous of obtaining copies of the revelations 
given up to that time. In the summer of 1830, the Prophet, by divine commandment, 
commenced to copy and prepare the revelations, no doubt with the thought in mind of 
having them published. Some of the elders were carrying copies in their pockets, as far as the 
Lord would permit them, for there were some revelations at that time they were forbidden to 
publish to the world. 

On November 1st and 2nd, 1 83 1, a conference of the elders was held at Hiram, Ohio, when it 
was decided that the revelations should be compiled and published. On the first day of the 
conference the Lord gave approval to this plan by giving a revelation which he called his 
"preface unto the book of my commandments, which I have given them to publish unto you, 
O inhabitants of the earth. " 192 . 29 

While this was not the first revelation given to Joseph Smith, it appears as the first revelation 
in the Doctrine and Covenants, naturally, as it is the custom to place the preface of any book 
today in the beginning of the volume. Oliver Cowdery and John Whitmer were appointed to 
carry the revelations to Independence, Missouri, where they were to be published. The 
Prophet made haste in the choosing and preparation of these revelations so that the brethren 
could start on their journey to Missouri about the middle of November. 

early members of the Church, was by trade a printer. He had gone down into Missouri. The 
printing press and type were brought down the Ohio River from Cincinnati where it was 
purchased, and across the country to Independence, and the revelations which had been 
selected by the Prophet were Set in type, that is, most of them. But this was slow work. We 
must remember that they were living in pioneer times, that Kirtland was about as far from 
Missouri as we are here in Salt Lake City from Winter Quarters, from which point the 
pioneers started on their journey to the Rocky Mountains. We do not stop to think of that, 
and so it took some time. By the summer of 1833 most of these revelations had been printed, 


but not all. 

At that time trouble arose, and a mob destroyed the press, scattered the type, and destroyed 
most of the copies that had been printed; however, a few were saved. This was known as the 
Book of Commandments. As I have said, very few of the sheets were preserved so that there 
are very few copies of the book, so far as it was completed, in existence. I only know of five 
or six copies that are to be found today. 

a committee was formed, consisting of the Presidency of the Church, and some others, for 
the purpose of again preparing the revelations and having them published. This selection of 
revelations went on, and in 1835 it was presented at a conference of the Church held on the 
17th day of August and there was approved. When the Prophet made this selection, he made 
the statement that he prized these revelations beyond the wealth of this whole earth. 

I want to read to you just a word or two of the testimony of the Council of the Twelve in 
relation to these revelations, which were accepted on August 17, 1835: "We, therefore, feel 
willing to bear testimony to all the world of mankind, to every creature upon the face of all 
the earth, that the Lord has borne record to our souls, through the Holy Ghost shed forth 
upon us, that these commandments were given by inspiration of God, and are profitable for 
all men and are verily true. We give this testimony unto the world, the Lord being our helper; 
and it is through the grace of God the Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ, that we are 
permitted to have this privilege of bearing this testimony unto the world, in the which we 
rejoice exceedingly, praying the Lord always that the children of men may be profited 
thereby."194. 30 

Each man signed his name, beginning with Thomas B. Marsh, then President of the Council, 
and ending with Lyman E. Johnson, the youngest. 

was decided to include in this publication of the Doctrine and Covenants seven Lectures on 
Faith. These lectures had been given before the schools of the elders in Kirtland during the 
years 1834-1835. In accepting these seven Lectures on Faith, it was made very clear to that 
conference that they were not received on a parallel with the revelations, but were accepted 
as helps in the study of the doctrines of the Church, and so they were added to the Doctrine 
and Covenants with that understanding. 

At this conference two other articles were also received, read, approved, and ordered to be 
printed in the Doctrine and Covenants, one on marriage and the other on laws and 
government. These two articles appeared in each edition of the Doctrine and Covenants from 
the first edition in 1835, until 1876. We should remember that these Lectures on Faith were 
not revelations and were not considered so in the beginning. These two articles, one on 
marriage, and the other on laws and government, were not revelations. I want to impress this 


upon you, because this question conies up constantly; especially is it brought up by members 
of the "Reorganized" Church, who accuse us of taking a revelation out of the Doctrine and 
Covenants. This article on marriage was not a revelation and I want you never to forget it. 

of the Doctrine and Covenants published in 1869, one of the last before that article was 
taken out. Do not forget what I am going to tell you, that at this conference held on August 
17, 1835, Joseph Smith and Frederick G. Williams, one of the counselors in the Presidency, 
were not present; they were in Michigan. That is a matter of recorded history. We know 
where they were because we have it in the documentary history of the Church. 195. 3 1 

So this article on marriage and this article on laws and government in general were written 
by Oliver Cowdery in the absence of the Prophet Joseph Smith, and the Prophet knew 
nothing of the action that was taken ordering them printed with the revelations. These were 
not revelations, never were so considered, were ordered printed in the absence of Joseph 
Smith, and when Joseph Smith returned from Michigan and learned what was done — I am 
informed by my father, who got this information from Orson Pratt — the Prophet was very 
much troubled. Orson Pratt and Joseph F. Smith, my father, were missionary companions; 
they traveled together, and my father learned a great many things from Orson Pratt of these 
early days. When the Prophet came back from Michigan, he learned of the order made by the 
conference of the Church and let it go through. 

Now the Prophet did know something about these Lectures on Faith, because he helped to 
prepare them, and he helped also to revise these lectures before they were published, but 
these two other articles, he had nothing to do with them. 

WHY ARTICLE ON MARRIAGE WAS DELETED. In the days of Nauvoo, the Lord gave 
Joseph Smith a revelation on marriage; that revelation appears under date of July 12, 1843. 
That is not the date that the revelation was given, but the date when the revelation was 

That revelation on marriage was not placed in the Doctrine and Covenants until 1876. In the 
year 1876, the first edition of the Doctrine and Covenants published in the west was 
published by David O. Calder of the Deseret News. 

Orson Pratt, under the direction of the Presidency of the Church, had added to the body of 
revelations a great many others as we have them now in the Doctrine and Covenants, that 
were not in these earlier editions, and this section known as section 132, was among those so 
added. It would not have been consistent to have allowed that article on marriage to stay in 
when it contradicted the revelation given to the Prophet Joseph Smith, so they took it out, 
and very properly. That is a matter of history that we ought to be, familiar with. 

FALSE TEACHINGS OF ARTICLE ON MARRIAGE. I want to read from this article on 


marriage to show you that it is not a revelation and could not be: "According to the custom 
of all civilized nations, marriage is regulated by laws and ceremonies; therefore, we believe 
that all marriages in this Church of Christ of Latter-day Saints should be solemnized in a 
public meeting or feast prepared for that purpose," — (I do not believe that at all. We 
solemnize marriages in the temple of the Lord, at an altar. We do not have a crowd, and it is 
not a feast.) — "And that the solemnization should be performed by a presiding high priest, 
high priest, bishop, elder, or priest, not even prohibiting those persons who are desirous to 
get married, of being married by other authority." 

I do not believe that. 1 believe every marriage in this Church should be performed by a high 
priest who is appointed by the one who holds the keys to perform that ceremony for time and 
eternity, at the altar in the house of the Lord, and it ought not to be performed anywhere else. 
Of course they had no temples and no understanding of the ceremonies for time and eternity 
in the year 1835, so we will have to excuse Oliver Cowdery for that. However this article is 
not the doctrine of the Church, and cannot be; you can see that. 

"We believe that it is not right to prohibit members of this Church from marrying out of the 
Church, if it be their determination so to do; but such persons will be considered weak in the 
faith of our Lord Jesus Christ." 

Of course we do not believe that we should prohibit people from marrying outside of the 
Church; we cannot go to that extent and prohibit them from doing it, but we should counsel 
against it, and teach against it, and try to persuade them not to do that sort of thing. 

"Inasmuch as this Church of Christ has been reproached with the crime of fornication and 
polygamy, we declare that we believe that one man should have one wife, and one woman 
but one husband, except in case of death, when either is at liberty to marry again." 197. 32 

FIRST REVELATION OF PLURAL MARRIAGE. Of course there was no doctrine of plural 
marriage in the Church in 1835, but Orson Pratt said (I get this from my father who was his 
missionary companion) that the Lord did reveal to Joseph Smith, before 1835, and before 
1834, and as early as 1832, the doctrine of plural marriage. The Prophet revealed that to 
some few of the brethren, and Orson Pratt was one of them. He said the Prophet told him 
that, but it was revealed as a law or principle that was not at that time to be revealed to the 
Church, or made public or practiced, but something that would yet come, that was future. I 
have the confidence that Orson Pratt spoke the truth. 

So it would be inconsistent, I say, to keep that article in here, when the revelation known as 
section 132 came to the Prophet Joseph Smith and was added to the revelations in the 
Doctrine and Covenants. 

It is not necessary for me now to go into further detail in regard to the history of these 
revelations more than to say this, that in 1876 Orson Pratt divided the Doctrine and 


Covenants into verses as we have it now. Before that it was not divided; and then it was sent 
to England to be published — both the Doctrine and Covenants and the Book of Mormon, as 
we now have them divided into verses and the Book of Mormon into chapters, also with the 
footnotes. This was in 1879 when the first editions of the Doctrine and Covenants and Book 
of Mormon, with footnotes, were published in Liverpool, England. All of the printing of the 
Church works, after we were driven from Nauvoo, until 1876, was done in Great Britain. 


Covenants, that is the title of this book, and how much more significant it is than the Book of 
Commandments. A Book of Commandments means, if we accept the title at its face value, 
that it contains only commandments. But this title which the Lord gave when they got out 
this edition — let me refer to the title page: "The Doctrine and Covenants of the Church of 
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" — is very significant and tells the story of what this book 
actually is. It contains the doctrine of the Church; it contains the covenants the Lord will 
make with the Church, if we are willing to receive them. 

In my judgment there is no book on earth yet come to man as important as the book known 
as the Doctrine and Covenants, with all due respect to the Book of Mormon, and the Bible, 
and the Pearl of Great Price, which we say are our standards in doctrine. The book of 
Doctrine and Covenants to us stands in a peculiar position above them all. 

I am going to tell you why. When I say that, do not for a moment think I do not value the 
Book of Mormon, the Bible, and the Pearl of Great Price, just as much as any man that lives; 

I think I do. I do not know of anybody who has read them more, and I appreciate them; they 
are wonderful; they contain doctrine and revelation and commandments that we should heed; 
but the Bible is a history containing the doctrine and commandments given to the people 
anciently. That applies also to the Book of Mormon. It is the doctrine and the history and the 
commandments of the people who dwelt upon this continent anciently. 

But this Doctrine and Covenants contains the word of God to those who dwell here now. It is 
our book. It belongs to the Latter-day Saints. More precious than gold, the Prophet says we 
should treasure it more than the riches of the whole earth. I wonder if we do? If we value it, 
understand it, and know what it contains, we will value it more than wealth; it is worth more 
to us than the riches of the earth. 

HOW TO STUDY THE DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS. I heard a brother say he could 
not read the Doctrine and Covenants because it was so much like a dictionary. It is not a 
consecutive story — it changes the subject, and so on — well of course it does. 

Many years ago when I was a president in a quorum of seventies — and in those days we did 
not have any supervision so far as our study was concerned — it was decided by that quorum 


of seventies that they would study the Doctrine and Covenants, and I was appointed to be the 
class teacher. We took it up section by section. You are not going to get all there is out of it 
in any other way. You may take it up if you want to by topics, or doctrines, that is good; but 
you are not going to understand the Doctrine and Covenants, you are not going to get out of 
it all there is in it unless you take it up section by section; and then when you do that, you 
will have to study it with its setting, as you get it in the history of the Church. 

So when we studied the Doctrine and Covenants in those days, we did not take the Doctrine 
and Covenants for our text book, but we took the Documentary History of the Church. The 
first volume had just been published, and it contained the greater part of the revelations in 
the Doctrine and Covenants, with their setting, so that we got the reasons why this revelation 
was given, and that revelation was given; and with this background, there was greater 
interest in the things we were studying than there would have been if we had taken the 
revelations in some other way. . . . 

"SEARCH THESE COMMANDMENTS." Here is the word of the Lord in a commandment 
to every member of this Church: "Search these commandments, for they are true and faithful, 
and the prophecies and promises which are in them shall all be fulfilled." 200. 33 

Search these commandments, that is the thread that runs through this preface to this Book of 
Commandments. I tell you there is nothing you ever attempted to study equal to this, and you 
will never find anything quite equal to it. You have only scratched at it; that is all you have 

Of course it is not my place to dictate to you and tell you what to do, but it is my place to 
warn the people and tell them the Lord has commanded them to search these things. I am 
reading this book all the time; scarcely a day passes that 1 do not read something and ponder 
over it and the other standards in doctrine. The Lord has given this book to us; it is our book; 
it contains the doctrines of the Church and the commandments and the covenants. Many of 
the covenants could not be written and put in a book; you get these in the temple of the Lord; 
but I am reading these things because I want to know what the Lord has to say, and what he 
would have me do. It is a wonderful study.200. 34 

DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS FOR WORLD. The Lord has given many revelations in 
our own day. We have this Doctrine and Covenants full of them, all pertaining unto the 
Latter-day Saints and to the world. For, this is not our book alone. This Doctrine and 
Covenants is my book and your book; but more than that, it belongs to all the world, to the 
Catholics, to the Presbyterians, to the Methodists, to the infidel, to the nonbeliever. It is his 
book if he will accept it, if he will receive it. 

The Lord has given it unto the world for their salvation. If you do not believe it, you read the 
first section in this book, the preface, and you will find that the Lord has sent this book and 
the things which it contains unto the people afar off, on the islands of the sea, in foreign 


lands; and his voice is unto all people, that all may hear.201. 35 

And so I say it belongs to all the world, not only to the Latter-day Saints; and they will be 
judged by it, and you will be judged by it. We will all be judged by it, by the things which 
this book contains and by the things which the other books contain which are holy scripture, 
which the Lord has given unto us; and if we fail to comprehend these things, if we will not 
search, if we will not take hold on the things which the Lord has revealed unto us, then his 
condemnation shall rest upon us, and we shall be removed from his presence and from his 
kingdom. And I say that in all soberness, because it is true.201. 36 

from us a great many truths that he would gladly reveal if we were ready to receive them. 

Did you know that a portion of the record from which the Book of Mormon is taken is 
sealed? The Prophet was not permitted to break the seals, and we will not receive the sealed 
record until the time comes when the people will show by their faith their willingness to 
accept it. 202. 37 

How many have read the Book of Mormon through? How many have made themselves 
familiar with the things revealed to us in the Doctrine and Covenants regarding what the 
Lord has said of our duties as members of the Church and what he has said regarding our 
salvation and exaltation and how it may be obtained? Until we are prepared to receive the 
things already given, I fear the Lord will hold from us those other things which one time will 
be revealed. 202. 38 

If we had on record all that had been written by inspired historians, then we would have the 
truth concerning the gospel of Jesus Christ in such a way that it would astonish the world. 
Because of unbelief the Lord withdrew from the people many truths, and so they were left 
without the knowledge concerning the principles of the gospel and the true Church of Jesus 
Christ. 202. 39 

MORE REVELATIONS IN FUTURE. Not all of the revelations given to the Prophet Joseph 
Smith are in the Doctrine and Covenants. He made a selection for this book by revelation. 
The Church has had many other revelations, but we have in the Doctrine and Covenants 
revelations sufficient to bring to pass our exaltation if we will but heed them. When we, the 
members of the Church, reach the point that we are willing to live by all that the Lord has 
revealed, he will give us more that can be placed in the Doctrine and Covenants. The Lord is 
withholding from us great and mighty truths because of the hardness of our hearts. Why 
should we clamor for more when we will not abide in what we already have? We are led by 
revelation today just as much as they were anciently. 202. 40 


HAVE STANDARD WORKS IN THE HOME. One of the influences in the home that leads 


to faith and prayer and proper religious understanding is to have in the home the standard 
works of the Church, not hidden, but where they can be found, on a table or some place 
where they are in evidence and can be referred to, where they will be seen; and then the 
members of the family ought to be invited from time to time to read them. I go into homes 
sometimes where they do not have these things. I always like to know, when I go into 
anybody's home and they have books, what kind of books they have. If I have been in some 
of your homes, you know that. I take a look at the books you have and find out what it is that 
you are reading. I am glad to say that in the majority of the houses I find books that can be 
approved. We ought to have the standard works of the Church, and we ought to encourage 
the reading of them.203. 41 

STANDARD WORKS JUDGE TEACHINGS OF ALL MEN. It makes no difference what is 
written or what anyone has said, if what has been said is in conflict with what the Lord has 
revealed, we can set it aside. My words, and the teaching of any other member of the 
Church, high or low, if they do not square with the revelations, we need not accept them. Let 
us have this matter clear. We have accepted the four standard works as the measuring 
yardsticks, or balances, by which we measure every man's doctrine. 

You cannot accept the books written by the authorities of the Church as standards in 
doctrine, only in so far as they accord with the revealed word in the standard works. 

Every man who writes is responsible, not the Church, for what he writes. If Joseph Fielding 
Smith writes something which is out of harmony with the revelations, then every member of 
the Church is duty bound to reject it. If he writes that which is in perfect harmony with the 
revealed word of the Lord, then it should be accepted. 204. 42 

HOME LIBRARIES SHOULD BE PROVIDED. It is within our power to guide our youth in 
their reading and to cultivate in their hearts a desire for good books. It is most unfortunate 
where a person is not possessed with the desire for good reading. The reading habit, like 
charity, should begin at home. It is the duty of every parent to provide in his home a library 
of suitable books to be at the service of the family. The library need not be large, nor the 
books of the most expensive binding, but there should be a well chosen variety of the most 
select that can be obtained. 

Children should be encouraged in the home to read and be instructed in the value of good 
books and how to discriminate between the good and the bad in literature. It is far better for 
a home to be thus provided where the children can be entertained with a good, wholesome 
story than to more than waste their time playing cards — a habit that cannot too severely be 
condemned -- or spending their time in poolhalls or upon the streets in company of evil 
associates. . . . 

Not one of us is so poor but that we are able to purchase a few good books for the home. A 
small library of the most worthy books in this day of cheap printing may be had for a trifling 


sum. There is scarcely a family in the land that does not spend for amusement, or in pleasure 
that could be dispensed with, a sum each year that would purchase a suitable course of 

I have been in the habitations of some of our people where even the standard works of the 
Church could not be found, and these are absolutely indispensable to a Latter-day Saint 
home. There may be some excuse for an absence of the "commonest English classics," but 
there is no excuse for an absence of the standard works of the Church and the writings of our 
ablest authors on the principles of the gospel. 

POOR LITERATURE TO BE AVOIDED. Many books have been spoiled because of too 
much padding. Most novels are padded with matter that does not pertain to the theme and 
clouds the thought and destroys the efficacy of the story. Many of our present day story 
writers also spoil what they write by the frequent interjection of profanity. The common use 
of the name of Deity in nearly every exclamation seems to them to be an essential feature to 
give the proper emphasis and vigor. Many books written by capable and distinguished 
authors have been marred in this manner. 

If authors were more familiar with the commandment, "Thou shalt not take the name of the 
Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain," 
205. 43 it would greatly improve their works and help their readers in keeping this 
commandment. Books of this class merit censure, and where this difficulty is very marked 
should utterly be condemned. 

Other books contain problem stories, are sensational, or deal with immoral themes. These 
should always be condemned. Among a certain class such books are very popular, but they 
corrupt the morals and appeal to the baser passions of mankind. There are other books that 
are perhaps free from immoral thought, as we understand that term, but are filled with vulgar 

One prominent writer has said: "Slang is to a people's language what an epidemic disease is 
to their bodily constitution, just as catching and just as inevitable in its course. Like a 
disease, too, it is severest where the sanitary conditions are most neglected, where there is 
least culture and thought to counteract it." 

DESTRUCTIVE POWER OF BAD LITERATURE. A book may not be classed as bad, but 
we should ask ourselves if it contains any thought that will benefit us intellectually, morally, 
or spiritually, if we read it. I do not mean to say that a book written solely to amuse is 
necessarily bad and to be condemned, for some of our most worthy authors have given to the 
world good books of this kind that can safely be recommended. But if the aim of a book is 
not uplifting or helpful to the reader it should be avoided.206. 44 There are so many books 
that have been tried and proved to be good that we need not waste our time with those we 
may consider doubtful. 


"He who writes for fools," it has been said, "finds an enormous audience." The best sellers 
advertised at times among the popular books are not always the best. Among them we may 
find the sensational, vicious, and immoral, which poison the mind and destroy the soul. 

Many of these books are written by contract made between publisher and author at so much 
per word for the purpose of getting gain. To be sure, they are made attractive and filled with 
catchy sayings that appeal to the simple minded of that enormous class to which reference 
has been made. 

These books are like spiders' webs, built to inveigle silly flies who know no better than to be 
ensnared within their meshes. They are sold largely on the strength of the extensive 
advertising they receive, and while they may pass through several editions while the craze is 
on, seldom live but a few short years and are soon dead and forgotten. Not so, however, with 
the mischief they can do, for the impressions on the mind for evil may endure. 

READ SYSTEMATICALLY. Desultory reading as a habit is not good. Such reading impairs 
the power of thought and is enervating to the mind. Reading should be done systematically. 
Reading that requires study and reflection should not be done in haste. It is better to read a 
little and understand it than to read a great deal without getting the thought. 

We sometimes hear the complaint, "I haven't time." But we all have time to read and study 
which is our solemn duty. Can we not arrange to find at least 1 5 minutes in each day to 
devote to systematic reading and reflection? This would be but a trifling amount of time, yet 
it would he one hour and 45 minutes in a week; seven and one-half hours in a month of 30 
days, and 9 1 hours and a quarter in the year. This is equal to 1 1 and one-half days of eight 
hours each during the entire year. I am sure we can all find more time than that to read, yet 
this amount is all Dr. Eliot felt was necessary for a man to spend to receive the "essentials of 
a liberal education" from his recommended five foot shelf of books. . . . 

Very few among us read too much; most of us read too little. The Lord has said: "And as all 
have not faith, seek ye diligently and teach one another words of wisdom; yea, seek ye out of 
the best books words of wisdom; seek learning, even by study and also by faith." 207. 45 

VALUE OE READING CLUBS. Reading clubs might be organized with profit. The young 
men could meet at some selected time and place, and one could read while the others listen. 
There is virtue in reading aloud; let each boy take a turn. It will teach them to read well, to 
think more clearly, and properly to pronounce their words. It trains the ear as well as the eye, 
and then, there is the social intercourse and exchange of ideas, which is a benefit to them. 
This, of course, must be done under the direction of some responsible person connected with 
the Mutual work. When a book is read, all who were present at the reading should have 
credit as having read the book. 

There is a verse in the 8th chapter of Nehemiah that has a bearing on this subject. When the 


Jews returned from the captivity, we read that the people were called together and Ezra and 
the priests stood before them to instruct them. This is the passage: "So they read in the book 
in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading." 
208. 46 This verse is a perfect treatise, in a sentence, of the art of reading aloud. Let our 
young men remember the passage in their reading. See that the books of the reading course 
are placed in your public libraries and reading rooms. A number of young men forming a 
reading club may purchase the entire set among them, and the expense will not be very great. 
It would be well for each home to secure the reading course and that each association also be 
provided with a set. 208. 47 




INSPIRED NATURE OF BOOK OF MORMON. The Book of Mormon is the sacred history 
of the ancient inhabitants of the American continent; it contains the predictions of their 
prophets, the commandments of the Lord to them, and the history and destiny of those 
ancient peoples. It is the American volume of scripture and is just as sacred and inspired as 
is the Bible, which contains the sacred records of the Hebrew race on the Eastern 

No other book has been so sharply, bitterly, and relentlessly attacked as the Book of 
Mormon. Yet, like gold tried many times in the furnace, it has passed through all attacks 
unscathed. Every weapon raised against it has perished, and the wisdom of the self-righteous 
who have attacked it has come to naught. 

There is an inspiration and feeling of peaceful joy and satisfaction which accompany the 
sincere and prayerful reading of this book. Its doctrines and literary merit are in keeping with 
the writings of the Jewish prophets. The sincere student who is willing to put Moroni's 
promise to the test is forced to say, "Surely this is the work of the Lord and not the work of 
man, for no man could have written it. "209. 1 

STICK OF JOSEPH IN HANDS OF EPHRAIM. Ezekiel saw in vision the great nation of 
the Nephites, the house of Joseph, when he wrote by prophecy concerning the joining of the 
records of Joseph with that of Judah.209. 2 . . . 

It is very apparent that the Bible is the record, or stick of Judah; moreover, that it does not 


contain a history of the nations which were to come of Ephraim and Manasseh. That stick, or 
history must be sought for elsewhere. And from whence? It has been declared by some that 
the Bible as we have it today fulfils this prediction, that this commandment to Ezekiel was a 
local commandment to him, and he was to write and join the writings of the two nations of 
Judah and Israel and hold them forth before the people of his day. A careful study of this 
prophecy, however, reveals that this joining of the records was to be in the latter-day, not in 
the time of Ezekiel. . . . 

One significant expression in the prophecy of Ezekiel is that the stick of Joseph and his 
fellows was to be in the hand of Ephraim. Ephraim was to stand at the head of the tribes of 
Israel in the latter-days, according to his birthright. Joseph Smith, unto whom the record of 
the Nephites was delivered and who translated it, is of the tribe of Ephraim. The Lord so 
revealed it. So are most of those who have received the gospel in this dispensation. 

Therefore this stick of Joseph is in the hand of Ephraim and by him has been joined to the 
stick of Judah, fulfilling the prophecy of Ezekiel. 210. 3 

The Book of Mormon is the record of Joseph. It contains the history of the descendants of 
Joseph on this land, both of Ephraim and of Manasseh. It was in the hands of Ephraim when 
it was given to Joseph Smith, and it is still in the hands of Ephraim when our missionaries go 
forth proclaiming its truths to the world, for they also are of Ephraim. 210 4 

restoration of all things that the people of this continent, who anciently had received the 
favor and blessing of the Almighty, should be brought to light through their history which 
contained the prophesying and commandments they received from God. Although it should 
be, as stated by one of their prophets, as a voice speaking from the dead, out of the dust of 
the ground, they were nevertheless to speak and bear witness for Christ.2l 1. 5 

In the title-page-preface the promise is made that this record would be preserved to come 
forth by the power of God to the convincing of the Lamanite, and also the Jew, and also the 
Gentile, that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Throughout the Book of Mormon the prediction 
is made that this record would be preserved for that purpose and, moreover, to bear witness 
of the inspiration and sacredness of the Hebrew scriptures.21 1. 6 

BOOK OF MORMON FOR ALL NATIONS. The promise was made that the contents of 
this record would be made known among all nations. Nephi wrote that the day would come 
"that the words of the book which were sealed shall be read upon the house tops; and they 
shall be read by the power of Christ. "21 1. 7 

Joseph Smith and the witnesses to the Book of Mormon were deeply impressed with this 
fact, for in giving to the world their testimonies they worded their address as follows: "Be it 
known unto all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people, unto whom this work shall come"; 
and then follows their positive statements concerning the record. Had it not been for the 


spirit of prophecy they would not have dared to have made their address in such manner, nor 
would Joseph Smith have dared to have declared that the book would be distributed in all the 
world as a witness for Christ. He had no power in himself, even with the help of the 1 1 
witnesses, to bring to pass such a bold and remarkable prediction. Had the Book of Mormon 
been a fraud and these men deceivers, it is very probable that the book would not have been 
known beyond a radius of a very few miles from Palmyra. 

Moroni, when he appeared to Joseph Smith, in September, 1823, told Joseph Smith that his 
name should be known for both good and for evil among all peoples. Today no one will say 
that this has not been fulfilled. So also has knowledge of the Book of Mormon penetrated the 
nations of the earth. Wherever the name of Joseph Smith is known the Book of Mormon is 
also known. Those who have sincerely read it accept it as a divinely inspired record; among 
those who reject it, it may be looked upon in ignorance as a cunning fraud. However, the 
word of the Lord spoken anciently has been, and is still being, fulfilled.2 11.8 


BOOK OF MORMON FULFILS PROMISES OF JACOB. It is reasonable to believe that if 
the Book of Mormon contains the message of salvation as given to the ancient peoples of 
this continent and is a witness for the Bible, there also must be some inspired utterances in 
the Bible bearing witness to the Book of Mormon. If there were no such references, there 
would be a serious defect in the testimony of the record of the Nephites. 

There is strong presumptive evidence in the blessings given by Israel to his son Joseph, and 
his grandsons Ephraim and Manasseh, as recorded in Genesis, that they were to inherit a 
land far from Jerusalem and become a multitude of nations. Joseph was promised that his 
inheritance should be to the "utmost bound of the everlasting hills"; that he was "a fruitful 
bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall." Moreover, he 
was to receive a greater inheritance than his progenitors, who were given the land of 
Palestine. 212. 9 

The Book of Mormon is the record of the descendants of Joseph who were led across the 
"great waters to inherit this western land, which land is designated as being choice above all 
other lands. Surely these blessings could not be realized in Palestine. Joseph and his sons did 
not become a multitude of nations there; the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh did not receive 
a more wonderful inheritance in Palestine than any other of the tribes of Israel. There the 
chief honors were conferred first on Benjamin and then on Judah. Here in America all these 
promises were fulfilled when the descendants of Joseph possessed the land given as their 
inheritance. . . . 

ISAIAH PROPHESIES OF BOOK OF MORMON. One of the most important predictions 
regarding the Book of Mormon is that found in the 29th chapter of Isaiah. The prophet here 
speaks of a people who should be like Ariel, the city where David dwelt. They should have 


heaviness and sorrow and should be brought down to speak out of the ground, and their 
speech was to be low out of the dust, and their voice was to be as of one that had a familiar 
spirit. Later in this same prophecy Isaiah refers to the words of "a book that is sealed, which 
men deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I cannot; for it 
is sealed: And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: 
and he saith, I am not learned." 213. 10 

This prophecy was literally fulfilled when Martin Harris took copies of the engravings of the 
plates of the Book of Mormon to Professor Anthon in New York. Mr. Anthon answered 
Martin in almost the language of Isaiah, when he was informed that the book from which the 
characters were taken was sealed, Said he: "I cannot read a sealed book." 213. 11 How 
remarkable it is that Isaiah said that the words of the book were delivered to one who was 
learned and that the book was delivered to the one who was not learned. How perfectly this 
harmonizes with the history of the case respecting Mr. Anthon and Joseph Smith! 

At the time this should take place, the Lord was to commence a marvelous work and a 
wonder because the people drew near to him with their mouths and with their lips honored 
him, but their hearts were far removed from him and their fear towards him was taught by 
the precepts of men. The marvelous work has commenced, and of all times in the history of 
the world, now is the time when the conditions of the people warrant the fulfilment of this 

NEPHITES: LORD'S "OTHER SHEEP." One other passage of great import, having 
reference to the people dwelling in America in early times, is the remark of the Savior in that 
beautiful discourse in relation to his death: "And other sheep I have, which are not of this 
fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and 
one shepherd." 214. 12 

It is thought by some that he had reference to the Gentiles, but he said himself that he was 
not sent to the Gentiles, but to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 214. 13 He must have 
referred to Israelites who were not in Palestine, and the visitation must have been one after 
his resurrection. There is no reference to such a visit in any of the four gospels, and the 
remark was made shortly before his death. When the Savior visited the Nephites, he told 
them plainly that this reference to other sheep was a reference to them; but because of the 
hardness of the hearts of the disciples in Jerusalem, his Father commanded him to make no 
further reference to the nation of Nephites while instructing the Jews.214. 14 

Perhaps this reference to other sheep of the house of Israel and the work of the Lord among 
them would have been stated more clearly if the people had been willing to understand. For 
the same reason many references to the Book of Mormon and the people of the Lord in other 
lands than Palestine were so expressed that their true significance was hidden. The Savior 
taught in parables many things so that those who were unprepared should not understand. 
215. 15 Even today the people of the world, unaided by the Spirit of the Lord, cannot see the 


true meaning of these passages of scripture here presented. The reason for the discourses of 
the Savior in parables is equally applicable in the dispensation of the fulness of times. 

215. 16 


EARLY TRANSLATING DONE INTERMITTENTLY. The idea seems to prevail quite 
generally among members of the Church that the Prophet Joseph Smith spent the greater part 
of his time between September, 1827, when he received the plates, and the fall of 1829, 
translating the Book of Mormon. 

Because of lack of dates it is impossible to tell exactly how long it took him to complete the 
translation, but we know from the historical information at hand that there were many days 
spent in other work, when no attempt was made to translate after that labor had been 
undertaken. There were times when the Lord commanded him to cease translating. For 
instance, the Lord said on one occasion: "I say unto thee Joseph, when thou hast translated a 
few more pages thou shalt stop for a season, even until I command thee again. "2 15. 17 The 
reason given for this is that his enemies were lying in wait to destroy him and the work. 
Again the Lord said: "Do not run faster or labor more than you have strength and means 
provided to enable you to translate; but be diligent unto the end." 215. 18 

PROPHET'S PREPARATION TO TRANSLATE. Joseph Smith received the plates and the 
Urim and Thummim September 22, 1827. Because of persecution, poverty, and the necessity 
of "laboring with his hands" for a living, nothing was done towards translating the record 
that year. However, he was busy studying the characters and making himself familiar with 
them and the use of the Urim and Thummim. He had a great deal more to do than merely to 
sit down and with the use of the instrument prepared for that purpose translate the characters 
on the plates. 

Nothing worth while comes to us merely for the asking. All knowledge and skill are obtained 
by consistent and determined study and practice, and so the Prophet found it to be the case in 
the translating of the Book of Mormon. It will be remembered that the Lord said to Oliver 
Cowdery when he desired to translate: "But, behold, I say unto you, that you must study it 
out in your mind." 216. 19 Oliver thought it would be easy, but found it difficult and 
therefore was content to accept the advice from the Lord and continue as scribe to Joseph 

It was between December, 1827, and February, 1828, that the Prophet copied the characters 
from the plates; and, in the month of February, Martin Harris carried them to New York to 
Professor Charles Anthon.216. 20 April 12, 1828, Martin Harris commenced to write, and the 
Prophet to translate, the abridgment giving the history of Lehi and down to the days of King 
Benjamin. These pages Martin Harris lost, and because of his disobedience he was not 
permitted to act again as scribe and the Prophet Joseph lost his gift for a season. 


Prophet at Harmony, Pennsylvania, April 5, 1829, and two days later commenced to write at 
Joseph Smith's dictation. It must be remembered that they had to commence once more at the 
beginning and cover the same ground that had been covered in the lost manuscript, but in 
more detail, for they were now translating the small plates of Nephi. 

The translating with Oliver Cowdery as scribe, continued without interruption until May 15, 

1829, when these two men having a desire to know something more about baptism went into 
the woods to pray and received the Aaronic Priesthood from John the Baptist. 217. 21 
Following this important event, it became necessary for Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery to 
change their place of residence because of opposition, and they therefore moved from 
Harmony, Pennsylvania, to Fayette, Seneca County, New York, to the home of the 

It was early in June, 1 829, that Oliver Cowdery, David Whitmer, and Martin Harris, with 
Joseph Smith retired to the woods and sought the Lord in prayer and were visited by the 
angel who revealed to them the plates. It was also on this occasion that they heard the voice 
of the Lord declaring unto them that the record had been translated by the gift and power of 

About this time Joseph Smith also writes: "Meantime, our translation drawing to a close, we 
went to Palmyra, Wayne County, New York, secured the copyright, and agreed with Mr. 
Egbert B. Grandin to print five thousand copies for the sum of three thousand dollars." 

217 . 22 

I think we may conclude that the copyright was not secured until the translation was 
completed, and these words of the Prophet Joseph indicate that this is the case. The 
copyright bears the date of June 11, 1829. 

TOTAL OF TWO MONTHS SPENT TRANSLATING. After completing the translation it 
took some time to make arrangements with Mr. Grandin and to raise the sum required to 
print the book, the funds being furnished by Martin Harris through the sale of his personal 
property, In the meantime Oliver Cowdery, at the request of Joseph Smith, made a complete 
copy of the manuscript, and it was this manuscript copy that was taken to the printer, a sheet 
at a time, until the Book of Mormon was printed. Mr. Grandin commenced the printing in 
August, 1829, and the Book of Mormon was ready for distribution about the first of March, 


We may conclude from the evidence that the actual time of translating the record, as we have 
it in the Book of Mormon, was between April 7, 1829, and the first week of June of that 
same year, or not to exceed two full months.218. 23 


ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT OF BOOK OF MORMON. After the plates were translated, the 
Prophet received a commandment from the Lord that the entire manuscript should be copied, 
that the copy should go to the printer, and the original manuscript should not be permitted to 
go out of his hands. . . . 

The original manuscript was in this manner carefully guarded, and the copy struck off by 
Oliver Cowdery was used in the printing of the Book of Mormon. The original was never in 
the hands of the printer. . . . 

The original manuscript remained in the possession of the Prophet Joseph Smith and was by 
his own hand placed in the cornerstone of the Nauvoo House, October 2, 1841, in the 
presence of numerous witnesses. . . . 

The Nauvoo House, which was begun in the days of Joseph Smith, was never finished, and 
in the course of time the walls were torn down by Mr. Lewis C. Bidamon, second husband of 
Emma Smith, and the contents of this cornerstone, which had so long been exposed to the 
elements, were found to be nearly ruined. Some of the articles, however, were preserved and 
have been widely distributed. 

SCATTERING OF ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT. President Joseph F. Smith had in his 
possession Lyman Wight's memorial, and also pages three to 22 of the original manuscript of 
the Book of Mormon, which are, considering all things, fairly well preserved. These pages 
from the original manuscript are now in the Church Historian's Office. Elders Andrew 
Jenson, Edward Stevenson, Joseph W. Summerhays and others also obtained portions of the 
original manuscript. Some of it, we understand was also in the possession of Joseph Smith of 
the "Reorganization," but only a small fragment. Thus the original manuscript, that portion 
that was not destroyed by the elements, has been scattered. . . . 

After all, what does it matter what became of the original manuscript of the Book of 
Mormon? It is valueless, save as a relic. The statement has gone forth that the Church 
offered a large sum for the printer's copy. No such offer was ever made. The Book of 
Mormon has been translated into more than a dozen languages, and hundreds of thousands 
of copies have been published at a price so reasonable that it is within the reach of all — the 
same truths being in each copy as are in the original manuscript. If the Prophet had 
considered the original manuscript of any value as a work of reference, he would not have 
placed it in the foundation of the Nauvoo House. 219. 24 


edition of the Book of Mormon was printed by Egbert B. Grandin at Palmyra, New York, in 
1830. The edition was of 5,000 copies and the cost was $3,000. On the title page of this 
edition the following appears, "By Joseph Smith, Junior, Author and Proprietor," and on the 


next page the copyright appears in full. The expression Author and Proprietor has caused 
some adverse criticism by enemies of the Church, but in making this statement Joseph Smith 
was merely complying with the law at that time governing copyrights. This book contains 
588 pages and the testimonies of the witnesses are in the back of the book. A few of the 
copies contain an index but most of them were published without this addition.220. 25 

SAMUEL H. SMITH'S MISSION AND BOOK OF MORMON. In the first year or two of 
the existence of the Church, the missionaries were without tracts and other printed 
information on the principles of the gospel and the restoration and therefore depended 
almost solely on the Book of Mormon. Each missionary took several copies of the Book of 
Mormon and tried to dispose of them among the people usually with excellent results. 

Among the first missionaries to go out, if not actually the first, was Samuel H. Smith, 
younger brother of the Prophet Joseph. Samuel carried several copies of the Book of 
Mormon, but met with indifferences among the people. Finally he reached the home of a 
Methodist preacher named John P. Greene and tried to interest that gentleman in the story of 
Joseph Smith and the coming forth of the Book of Mormon. Mr. Greene informed him that 
he had neither the time to read nor the means to buy the book as he was about to leave on an 
important preaching tour. However, said he, if Samuel desired to leave a copy of the book he 
would try to dispose of it for him. The book was left and Samuel promised to call again in 
about two weeks to see what success had been obtained, and feeling somewhat discouraged 

In the meantime Mr. Greene started to read the Book of Mormon, more out of curiosity than 
from any desire to gain information, for he had no faith in the story that had been told him. 
The more he read the more he became interested, and when he had finished the book was 
convinced of its truth. He took the book to the family of John Young, father of Brigham 
Young, and they read it; it was also read by the Kimball family, and others, with the result 
that the family of John Young, Heber C. Kimball, John P. Greene (grandfather of Lulu 
Greene Richards) and others were eventually brought into the Church. So the mission of 
Samuel H. Smith performed in June, 1830, and which he felt was a complete failure, added 
to the Church some of the most prominent members that ever embraced the gospel. This 
identical copy of the Book of Mormon presented to John P. Greene is now in the possession 
of the writer of this work. 221. 26 

EARLY EDITIONS OF BOOK OF MORMON. The second edition of the Book of Mormon 
was published by Parley P. Pratt and John Goodson, at Kirtland. This issue contains a 
preface by the publishers in which they state that they have "obtained leave to issue 5,000 
copies of the same, from those holding the copyright." The third edition was published by 
Don Carlos Smith and Ebenezer Robinson in Nauvoo, in 1840, from plates made by 
Shepherd and Steams of Cincinnati, Ohio. Another edition was printed from these plates in 
Nauvoo, in 1842. 


In 1841 Brigham Young and the apostles who were then in England published the first 
European edition. In the first three American editions the testimonies of the witnesses were 
printed in the back of the book, but in the first European edition the testimonies were 
transferred to the front of the book as they have appeared in all editions since. This issue was 
to have been of 5,000 copies, but only 4,050 were delivered; the printing was done by J. 
Tompkins and Co., of Liverpool. The second European edition was published by Orson 
Pratt, in Liverpool, in 1849. 

Elder Franklin D. Richards published the third European edition, in 1852. In this edition 
Elder Richards numbered the verses in the chapters of the book. In 1879 Orson Pratt 
published an electrotyped edition of the Book of Mormon dividing the chapters and the 
verses and adding the footnote references as we have the book today. After these plates were 
made many editions appeared in Liverpool, which became for many years the publishing 
headquarters of the Church.222. 27 

The first edition in the English language to be published by any mission, in the United 
States, was the Kansas City edition, published by James G. Duffin in 1902. Since that time 
many editions have been published by the missions and have been sold by the thousands. . . . 
In 1869 an edition was published in the Deseret Alphabet, under the direction of Elder Orson 
Pratt, by Russel Brothers, in New York. 

The first edition to be published in any foreign tongue was that published by Elder Erastus 
Snow, in Danish, in 1851. It was published in Welsh, French, German, and Italian in 1852; 
Hawaiian, in 1855; Swedish, in 1878; Spanish, in 1886; Maori, in 1889; Dutch, in 1890; 
Samoan, in 1903, and since 1903, in Tahitian, and Armenian, and other foreign languages. 
222. 28 


concerning the Urim and Thummim, or Interpreters as they are called in the Book of 
Mormon, 222. 29 is not very clear. Abraham had the Urim and Thummim by which he 
received revelations of the heavenly bodies, as he has recorded in the Book of 
Abraham.222. 30 What became of these after his death we do not know. Aaron also had the 
Urim and Thummim, and these were, evidently from the reading of the Bible, handed down 
among the priests of Aaron from generation to generation.222. 3 1 The Lord gave to the 
Brother of Jared the Urim and Thummim which he brought with him to this continent. These 
were separate and distinct from the Urim and Thummim had by Abraham and in Israel in the 
days of Aaron. 

The account of this set, in part, is as follows: "And behold, when ye shall come unto me, ye 
shall write them [revelations] and shall seal them up, that no one can interpret them; for ye 
shall write them in a language that they cannot be read. And behold, these two stones will I 


give unto thee, and ye shall seal them up also with the things which ye shall write. For 
behold, the language which ye shall write I have confounded; wherefore I will cause in my 
own due time that these stones shall magnify to the eyes of men these things which ye shall 
write. . . . 

"And the Lord said unto him: Write these things and seal them up; and I will show them in 
mine own due time unto the children of men. And it came to pass that the Lord commanded 
him that he should seal up the two stones which he had received, and show them not, until 
the Lord should show them unto the children of men. "223. 32 

bringing with him to America the Urim and Thummim. The Lord did give to Lehi the 
Liahona, which was a ball which directed him the way he should go, and writing appeared 
on it from time to time, but this was not the Urim and Thummim. 223. 33 King Mosiah 
possessed "two stones which were fastened into the two rims of a bow," called by the 
Nephites Interpreters, with which he translated the Jaredite record, 223. 34 and these were 
handed down from generation to generation for the purposes of interpreting languages. How 
Mosiah came into possession of these two stones or Urim and Thummim the record does not 
tell us, more than to say that it was a "gift from God. "223. 35 Mosiah had this gift or Urim 
and Thummim before the people of Limhi discovered the record of Ether. They may have 
been received when the "large stone" was brought to Mosiah with engravings upon it, which 
he interpreted by the "gift and power of God." 224. 36 They may have been given to him, or 
to some other prophet before his day, just as the Brother of Jared received them — from the 

That the Urim and Thummim, or two stones, given to the Brother of Jared were those in the 
possession of Mosiah appears evident from Book of Mormon teachings. The Brother of 
Jared was commanded to seal up his writings of the vision he had when Christ appeared to 
him, so that they could not be read by his people. This vision was recorded in a language 
which was confounded, for it was not to go forth until after the resurrection of Christ. The 
Urim and Thummim were also sealed up so that they could not be used for the purpose of 
interpreting those sacred writings of this vision, until such time as the Lord should grant to 
man to interpret them. When they were to be revealed, they were to be interpreted by the aid 
of the same Urim and Thummim. 224. 37 

brought to Mosiah a record, "engraven on plates of ore," 224. 38 which record Mosiah 
translated, by the aid of "two stones which were fastened into the two rims of a bow," and 
which gave an account of the Jaredites.224. 39 In translating this record Mosiah kept from 
going forth to the people that particular part forbidden by the Lord to be revealed until after 
he was lifted up upon the cross. 224. 40 These sacred revelations given to the Brother of 
Jared were kept from the Nephite people, as well as many other things, until after the 
resurrection of Christ.224. 41 After the appearing of the Savior to the Nephites, the vision of 


the Brother of Jared was revealed to the Nephites. When Moroni made his abridgment of the 
record of Ether, he copied on his record the vision of the Brother of Jared.224 42 

At the command of the Lord, however, Moroni also sealed up the greater things in this 
vision and also the interpreters — which were the same "two stones" had by the Brother of 
Jared — so that this vision should not be made known even in our day among the Gentiles, in 
the day of their wickedness;225 43 it could not be revealed "until the day that they shall 
repent of their iniquity, and become clean before the Lord." 225. 44 So we today do not have 
the fulness of the account written and sealed up by the Brother of Jared and again sealed by 
Moroni. This part of the record the Prophet Joseph Smith was forbidden to translate. We 
have, then, received but the "lesser part. "225. 45 

Joseph Smith received with the breastplate and the plates of the Book of Mormon, the Urim 
and Thummim, which were hid up by Moroni to come forth in the last days as a means by 
which the ancient record might be translated, which Urim and Thummim were given to the 
Brother of Jared. 225. 46 

taught since the days of the Prophet that the Urim and Thummim were returned with the 
plates to the angel. We have no record of the Prophet having the Urim and Thummim after 
the organization of the Church. Statements of translations by the Urim and Thummim after 
that date are evidently errors. The statement has been made that the Urim and Thummim was 
on the altar in the Manti Temple when that building was dedicated. The Urim and Thummim 
so spoken of, however, was the seer stone which was in the possession of the Prophet Joseph 
Smith in early days. This seer stone is now in the possession of the Church.225. 47 

While the statement has been made by some writers that the Prophet Joseph Smith used a 
seer stone part of the time in his translating of the record, and information points to the fact 
that he did have in his possession such a stone, yet there is no authentic statement in the 
history of the Church which states that the use of such a stone was made in that translation. 
The information is all hearsay, and personally, I do not believe that this stone was used for 
this purpose. The reason I give for this conclusion is found in the statement of the Lord to 
the Brother of Jared as recorded in Ether 3:22-24. 

These stones, the Urim and Thummim which were given to the Brother of Jared, were 
preserved for this very purpose of translating the record, both of the Jaredites and the 
Nephites. Then again the Prophet was impressed by Moroni with the fact that these stones 
were given for that very purpose.226 48 It hardly seems reasonable to suppose that the 
Prophet would substitute something evidently inferior under these circumstances. It may 
have been so, but it is so easy for a story of this kind to be circulated due to the fact that the 
Prophet did possess a seer stone, which he may have used for some other purposes. 226 49 





WHY PLATES WERE RETURNED TO MORONI. The question has been asked many 
times of our elders: Where are the plates? Does the Church have in its possession the plates 
from which the Book of Mormon was translated by Joseph Smith? 

When the answer is given that the plates were received again by the Angel Moroni, who 
through the centuries since they were hid up unto the Lord has been their special guardian, 
the reply is generally made: What a wonderful aid it would be to your people in convincing 
the world of the truth of your story if you could show the plates to prove that Joseph Smith 
really had them. 

Perhaps it is natural for a man who hears for the first time the story of Joseph Smith and the 
coming forth of the Book of Mormon to propound such a question and to think that the 
plates, if they had been placed in some museum where the public could examine them, 
would have added much to prove the authenticity of the Prophet's story. With deeper 
reflection we discover that this would not have been the case, for it is not the way the Lord 
proves his truth, now or at any other time. However, in surprise, and in some cases with an 
incredulous smile, the propounder of this question turns away feeling that such an answer as 
he has received is an admission that Joseph Smith never had the plates and practiced a fraud 
upon the public. 

considering this matter to remember the words of the Lord to Isaiah: "For my thoughts are 
not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are 
higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your 
thoughts." 228. 1 

If the Lord had followed the thoughts of men and had commanded Joseph Smith to place the 
plates in some repository where they could have been inspected by the curious public, it 
would have led to endless disputations. Enemies of the Church would not have been 
convinced and would have contended most bitterly that the plates were spurious. No one 
could have read them for the characters engraved on them are unknown to the savants of the 
present age. 

The Lord does not convince men of his truth by placing before their eyes and in their hands 


tangible evidence, as a lawyer may do before the court, marking it exhibit A and exhibit B, 
and then expect it to be accepted. The Lord expects the searcher after truth to approach him 
with a contrite spirit and with sincerity of purpose; if he will do this and keep the 
commandments of the Lord, he shall receive the witness through the Holy Spirit and shall 
know the truth. This testimony will come with such force and clearness that it cannot be 
denied. For this reason the Lord said, "Whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it 
shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be 
forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come." 228. 2 

WITNESSES OF BOOK OF MORMON TO BE RAISED UP. Nephi, one of the earliest 
prophets of the Israelitish colony, predicted nearly 600 years before the Christian era, that 
when the records containing the history of his people should be revealed from the dust, it 
would be in a day when the people would "deny the power of God, the Holy One of Israel," 
and they would say: "Hearken unto us, and hear ye our precept; for behold there is no God 
today, for the Lord and the Redeemer hath done his work, and he hath given his power unto 
men." 229. 3 Again, many among them would say when presented with a new volume of 
scripture containing the history of the people of this western world: "A Bible! A Bible! We 
have got a Bible, and there cannot be any more Bible." 229. 4 

Because of this attitude towards this new record the Lord promised to raise up "as many 
witnesses as seemeth him good," to "establish his word; and wo be unto him that rejecteth 
the word of God." In that day when these things should be accomplished the Lord would 
proceed to do a marvelous work and a wonder which would prove to be a testimony against 
those who "seek deep to hide their counsel from the Lord. "229. 5 

Moreover, this new volume of scripture was to be a witness, not only for Christ and to 
contain the everlasting gospel, but was also to be a witness for the Jewish scriptures, the 
Bible; and these two records — according to the prophesying of Nephi, his father, and also 
Joseph, son of Israel -- were to grow together bearing testimony of the everlasting gospel. 

229. 6 As such a witness these records stand today testifying of the truth to the condemnation 
of all who reject their teachings. 229. 7 

THE THREE WITNESSES. The three men called to serve as special witnesses of the 
coming forth of the Book of Mormon by the power of God are Oliver Cowdery, David 
Whitmer, and Martin Harris. . . . They were associated with Joseph Smith in the establishing 
of this marvelous work in this dispensation. Later all three witnesses became estranged and 
left the Church. 229. 8 Oliver Cowdery and Martin Harris came back humbly seeking 
membership in the Church and both died in full fellowship. David Whitmer remained out of 
the Church; however, all three of these men remained faithful to the testimony they gave to 
the world which is found in each copy of the Book of Mormon. 

Their testimony is that they received a visitation of an angel from the presence of the Lord, 
who laid before them the golden record from whence the Book of Mormon was translated, 


and who also instructed them. They beheld the engravings upon the plates as the leaves were 
turned one by one before them, and the voice of God was heard by them declaring from the 
heavens that the translation was by the gift and power of God and commanding them to bear 
record of it to all the world.230. 9 These three witnesses, through adversity, persecution, and 
all the vicissitudes of life, always remained true to their testimony that they beheld the plates 
in the presence of an angel and heard the voice of God speaking to them from the heavens. 

TOTAL OF TWELVE WITNESSES. There were eight other witnesses who also beheld the 
plates, handled them, and examined carefully the engravings upon them as they were shown 
them by Joseph Smith. Their testimony is also given to the world and appears in each issue 
of the Book of Mormon. All of these eight men remained true to this testimony until death. 

These twelve witnesses, four of whom beheld angels and had heavenly visions, and eight 
who beheld the record as it was shown to them by Joseph Smith, are all, it appears, that the 
Lord deemed necessary to establish the truth of the Book of Mormon, as he promised 
through Nephi that he would do. "And wo be unto him that rejecteth the word of God!" 

230. 10 The testimonies of these men more than satisfy the law.230. 1 1 

witnesses who can speak of the divine mission of Joseph Smith, or of the truth of the Book 
of Mormon. The promise is made in the Book of Mormon that all who desire to know 
whether it is true and contains the word of the Lord may know that it is true if they will ask 
with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, for he will reveal it to them by 
the power of the Holy Ghost. 231. 12 There are hundreds of thousands who have put this 
promise to the test and can in all sincerity say that they have received that knowledge.231. 13 

I am just as firmly convinced that this Book of Mormon is the word of God and was 
revealed, as Joseph Smith declared it was revealed, as I am that I stand here looking into 
your faces. Every soul on the face of the earth who has intelligence enough to understand 
may know that truth. How can he know it? All he has to do is to follow the formula that was 
given by the Lord himself when he declared to the Jews that they who would do the will of 
his Father should know of the doctrine, whether it was of God or whether he spoke of 
himself. 231. 14 My witness to all the world is that this book is true. I have read it many, 
many times. I have not read it enough. It still contains truths that I still may seek and find, 
for I have not mastered it, but I know it is true. 

I know that the testimony of these witnesses recorded in each copy of the Book of Mormon 
is true, that they stood in the presence of an angel of God who declared unto them that the 
record as it was translated was correct, that their testimony that God spoke to them from the 
heavens calling upon them to bear witness of that fact is true, and there is not a soul who 
cannot receive that testimony if he desires to receive it. By reading this book prayerfully and 
faithfully, with a desire to know the truth as Moroni has declared by revelation, he shall 
know the truth regarding the restoration of this scripture given to the ancient inhabitants of 


this continent. 232. 15 


has arisen among certain students of the Book of Mormon a theory to the effect that within 
the period covered by the Book of Mormon, the Nephites and Lamanites were confined 
almost entirely within the borders of the territory comprising Central America and the 
southern portion of Mexico — the isthmus of Tehauntepec probably being the "narrow neck" 
of land spoken of in the Book of Mormon rather than the isthmus of Panama.232. 16 

This theory is founded upon the assumption that it was impossible for the colony of Lehi's to 
multiply and fill the hemisphere within the limits of 1 ,000 years, or from the coming of Lehi 
from Jerusalem to the time of the destruction of the Nephites at the Hill Cumorah. Moreover, 
they claim that the story in the Book of Mormon of the migrations, building of cities, and the 
wars and contentions, preclude the possibility of the people spreading over great distances 
such as we find within the borders Of North and South America. 

EARTH POPULATED RAPIDLY. If we are willing to accept the Bible record, which is 
confirmed by the Doctrine and Covenants, the entire civilization of the earth was destroyed 
in the flood except Noah and his family.232. 17 Moreover, this destruction took place less 
than 5,000 years ago, and today the population of the earth, notwithstanding wars and 
destructions, is estimated at over 2,000,000,000 souls. 

The population of Europe, based upon the best records available, is vastly increased over 
that at the time of the discovery of America; yet upon this hemisphere are to be found 
hundreds of millions of people, descendants of European and Asiatic ancestors who knew 
nothing of this land before the discovery by Columbus. The rapid increase of posterity is 
known to every genealogist who has traced the record of the early settlers in this western 

LOCALE OF CUMORAH, RAMAH, AND RIPLIANCUM. This modernistic theory of 
necessity, in order to be consistent, must place the waters of Ripliancum and the Hill 
Cumorah some place within the restricted territory of Central America, notwithstanding the 
teachings of the Church to the contrary for upwards of 100 years. Because of this theory 
some members of the Church have become confused and greatly disturbed in their faith in 
the Book of Mormon. It is for this reason that evidence is here presented to show that it is 
not only possible that these places could be located as the Church has held during the past 
century, but that in very deed such is the case. 

It is known that the Hill Cumorah where the Nephites were destroyed is the hill where the 
Jaredites were also destroyed. This hill was known to the Jaredites as Ramah. It was 
approximately near to the waters of Ripliancum, which the Book of Ether says, "by 


interpretation, is large, or to exceed all."233. 18 Mormon adds: "And it came to pass that we 
did march forth to the land of Cumorah, and we did pitch our tents round about the hill 
Cumorah; and it was in a land of many waters, rivers, and fountains; and here we had hope 
to gain advantage over the Lamanites." 233. 19 

conceded that this description fits perfectly the land of Cumorah in New York, as it has been 
known since the visitation of Moroni to the Prophet Joseph Smith, for the hill is in the 
proximity of the Great Lakes and also in the land of many rivers and fountains. Moreover, 
the Prophet Joseph Smith himself is on record, definitely declaring the present hill called 
Cumorah to be the exact hill spoken of in the Book of Mormon. 234. 20 

Further, the fact that all of his associates from the beginning down have spoken of it as the 
identical hill where Mormon and Moroni hid the records, must carry some weight. It is 
difficult for a reasonable person to believe that such men as Oliver Cowdery, Brigham 
Young, Parley P. Pratt, Orson Pratt, David Whitmer, and many others, could speak 
frequently of the Spot where the Prophet Joseph Smith obtained the plates as the Hill 
Cumorah, and not be corrected by the Prophet, if that were not the fact. That they did speak 
of this hill in the days of the Prophet in this definite manner is an established record of 

reference of this kind is found in the Messenger and Advocate, a paper published by the 
Church in 1834-5. In a brief history of the rise of the Church prepared by Oliver Cowdery, 
he makes reference to this particular spot in the following words: 

"By turning to the 529th and 530th pages of the Book of Mormon you will read Mormon's 
account of the last great struggle as they were encamped round this hill Cumorah. 234. 21 In 
this valley fell the remaining strength and pride of a once powerful people, the Nephites — 
once so highly favored of the Lord, but at that time in darkness, doomed to suffer 
extermination by the hand of their barbarous and uncivilized brethren. From the top of this 
hill, Mormon, with a few others, after the battle, gazed with horror upon the mangled 
remains of those who, the day before, were filled with anxiety, hope, or doubt. A few had 
fled to the south, who were hunted down by the victorious party, and all who would not deny 
the Savior and his religion, were put to death. Mormon himself, according to the record of 
his son Moroni, was also slain. 

"But a long time previous to this national disaster it appears, from his own account, he 
foresaw approaching destruction. In fact, if he perused the records of his fathers, which were 
in his possession, he could have learned that such would be the case. Alma, who lived before 
the coming of the Messiah, prophesied this. He, however, by divine appointment, abridged 
from those records, in his own style and language, a short account of the more important and 
prominent items, from the days of Lehi to his own time, after which he deposited, as he says, 


on the 529th page, 235. 22 all the records in this same hill, Cumorah, and after gave his small 
record to his son Moroni, who, as appears from the same, finished, after witnessing the 
extinction of his people as a nation. . . . 

HILL RAMAH IN WESTERN NEW YORK. "This hill, by the Jaredites, was called Ramah; 
by it, or around it, pitched the famous army of Coriantumr their tents. Coriantumr was the 
last king of the Jaredites. The opposing army were to the west, and in this same valley, and 
near by, from day to day, did that mighty race spill their blood, in wrath, contending, as it 
were brother against brother, and father against son. In this same spot, in full view from the 
top of this same hill, one may gaze with astonishment upon the ground which was twice 
covered with the dead and dying of our fellowmen. . . . 

"In this vale lie commingled, in one mass of ruin, the ashes of thousands, and in this vale 
was destined to consume the fair forms and vigorous systems of tens of thousands of the 
human race — blood mixed with blood, flesh with flesh, bones with bones, and dust with 
dust." 236. 23 

PROPHET APPROVES OLIVER COWDERY'S VIEWS. The quibbler might say that this 
statement from Oliver Cowdery is merely the opinion of Oliver Cowdery and not the 
expression of the Prophet Joseph Smith. It should be remembered that these letters in which 
these statements are made were written at the Prophet's request and under his personal 
supervision. Surely, under these circumstances, he would not have permitted an error of this 
kind to creep into the record without correction. 

At the commencement of these historical letters is found the following: "That our narrative 
may be correct, and particularly the introduction, it is proper to inform our patrons, that our 
Brother J. Smith Jr., has offered to assist us. Indeed, there are many items connected with the 
fore part of this subject that render his labor indispensable. With his labor and with authentic 
documents now in our possession, we hope to render this a pleasing and agreeable narrative, 
well worth the examination and perusal of the saints. "236. 24 

Later, during the Nauvoo period of the Church, and again under the direction of the Prophet 
Joseph Smith, these same letters by Oliver Cowdery, were published in the Times and 
Seasons, without any thought of correction had this description of the Hill Cumorah been an 
error. 236. 25 

TESTIMONY OF DAVID WHITMER TO HILL CUMORAH. Another testimony of interest 
is that of David Whitmer given to Elders Orson Pratt and Joseph F. Smith in September 
1878, when they paid him a visit at his home in Richmond. To these brethren he said: "When 
I was returning to Fayette, with Joseph and Oliver, all of us riding in the wagon. Oliver and I 
on an old- fashioned wooden spring seat and Joseph behind us — while traveling along in a 
clear open space, a very pleasant, nice-looking old man suddenly appeared by the side of our 
wagon and saluted us with, 'Good morning, it is very warm,' at the same time wiping his face 


or forehead with his hand. We returned the salutation, and, by a sign from Joseph, I invited 
him to ride if he was going our way; but he said very pleasantly, 'No, I am going to 
Cumorah.' This name was something new to me; I did not know what Cumorah meant. We 
all gazed at him and at each other, and as 1 looked around inquiringly of Joseph, the old man 
instantly disappeared, so that I did not see him again." 

Joseph F. Smith asked: "Did you notice his appearance?" 

David Whitmer: "I should think I did. He was, I should think, about five feet eight or nine 
inches tall and heavy set. . . . His hair and beard were white, like Brother Pratt's, but his 
beard was not so heavy. I also remember that he had on his back a sort of knapsack with 
something in, shaped like a book. "237. 26 

"GLAD TIDINGS FROM CUMORAH." Who can read the words of Joseph Smith as 
recorded in section 128 of the Doctrine and Covenants and not feel that he had reference to 
the Hill Cumorah in western New York? 

"And again, what do we hear? Glad tidings from Cumorah! Moroni, an angel from heaven, 
declaring the fulfilment of the prophets — the book to be revealed. A voice of the Lord in the 
wilderness of Fayette, Seneca county, declaring the three witnesses to bear record of the 
book!" 237. 27 

While in this statement it is not positively declared that the Hill Cumorah is the place where 
the plates were obtained, yet the implication that such is the case is overwhelming. Moroni 
declaring from Cumorah the book to be revealed! 

could rest at this point, but the question of the territory now embraced within the United 
States having been in possession of Nephites and Lamanites before the death of Mormon, 
carries some weight in the determining of this matter. In the tight of revelation it is absurd 
for anyone to maintain that the Nephites and Lamanites did not possess this northern land. 
While Zion's camp was marching on the way to Jackson County, near the bank of the Illinois 
River they came to a mound containing the skeleton of a man. The history of this incident is 
as follows: 

"The brethren procured a shovel and a hoe, and removing the earth to the depth of about one 
foot, discovered the skeleton of a man, almost entire, and between his ribs the stone point of 
a Lamanitish arrow, which evidently produced his death. Elder Burr Riggs retained the 
arrow. The contemplation of the scenery around us produced peculiar sensations in our 
bosoms; and subsequently the visions of the past being opened to my understanding by the 
Spirit of the Almighty, I discovered that the person whose skeleton was before us was a 
white Lamanite, a large, thickset man, and a man of God. His name was Zelph. He was a 
warrior and chieftain under the great prophet Onandagus, who was known from the Hill 


Cumorah, or eastern sea to the Rocky Mountains. The curse was taken from Zelph, or at 
least, in part — one of his thigh bones was broken by a stone flung from a sling, while in 
battle, years before his death. He was killed in battle by the arrow found among his ribs, 
during the last great struggle of the Lamanites and Nephites." 238. 28 

HEBER C. KIMBALL TELLS OL DEATH OE ZELPH. Elder Heber C. Kimball who was 
present recorded the following in his journal: "While on our way we felt anxious to know 
who the person was who had been killed by that arrow. It was made known to Joseph that he 
had been an officer who fell in battle, in the last destruction among the Lamanites, and his 
name was Zelph. This caused us to rejoice much, to think that God was so mindful of us as 
to show these things to his servant. Brother Joseph had inquired of the Lord, and it was made 
known in a vision." 239. 29 

ANCIENT CITY OF MANTI IN MISSOURI. The following is also taken from the history 
of the travels of the Kirtland Camp: "The camp passed through Huntsville, in Randolph 
County, which has been appointed as one of the stakes of Zion, and is the ancient site of the 
City of Manti, and pitched tents at Dark Creek, Salt Licks, seventeen miles. It was reported 
to the camp that one hundred and ten men had volunteered from Randolph and gone to Far 
West to settle difficulties." 239. 30 

The following account of the same event is taken from the daily journal of the Kirtland 
Camp, and was written by Samuel D. Tyler: "September 25, 1838. We passed through 
Huntsville, Co. seat of Randolph Co, Pop. 450, and three miles further we bought 32 bu. of 
corn off one of the brethren who resides in this place. There are several of the brethren round 
about here and this is the ancient site of the City of Manti, which is spoken of in the Book of 
Mormon and this is appointed one of the Stakes of Zion, and it is in Randolph County, 
Missouri, three miles west of the county seat." 239. 3 1 

evidence coming from the Prophet Joseph Smith, Oliver Cowdery, and David Whitmer, we 
cannot say that the Nephites and Lamanites did not possess the territory of the United States 
and that the Hill Cumorah is in Central America. Neither can we say that the great struggle 
which resulted in the destruction of the Nephites took place in Central America. If Zelph, a 
righteous man, was fighting under a great prophet-general in the last battles between the 
Nephites and Lamanites; if that great prophet-general was known from the Rocky Mountains 
to "the Hill Cumorah or eastern sea," then some of those battles, and evidently the final 
battles did take place within the borders of what is now the United States. 

There were no righteous prophets, save the Three Nephites, after the death of Moroni, and 
we leam that Zelph was slain during one of these battles during the great last struggle 
between the Nephites and Lamanites and was buried near the Illinois River. 

In the Book of Mormon story the Lamanites were constantly crowding the Nephites back 


towards the north and east. If the battles in which Zelph took part were fought in the country 
traversed by the Zion's Camp, then we have every reason to believe from what is written in 
the Book of Mormon, that the Nephites were forced farther and farther to the north and east 
until they found themselves in the land of Ripliancum, which both Ether and Mormon 
declare to us was the land of Ramah or Cumorah, a land of "many waters," which "by 
interpretation, is large, or to exceed all. "240. 32 

This being true, what would be more natural then that Moroni, like his father Mormon, 
would deposit the plates in the land where the battles came to an end and the Nephites were 
destroyed? This Moroni says he did, and from all the evidence in the Book of Mormon, 
augmented by the testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith, these final battles took place in the 
territory known as the United States and in the neighborhood of the Great 

Lakes and hills of Western New York. And here Moroni found the resting place for the 
sacred instruments which had been committed to his care. 241. 33 


LORD LED PROPHET'S LAMILY TO CUMORAH-LAND. As I stood upon these sacred 
places I had peculiar feelings which I cannot describe. I always do have such feelings; I have 
visited the Hill Cumorah and the Sacred Grove on other occasions. As I stood at the Smith 
home, I thought of the early struggles of the family, and wondered what means the Lord 
might have used to get them to move from Vermont or New Hampshire, if they had not been 
forced from these states by poverty. Their poverty was not the result of indolence, as the 
wicked have proclaimed, but the poverty and reverses of Providence, sent to give experience 
and to lead the family to a better land where the Lord could perform his work through the 
youthful Seer, yet to be raised up. 

When the Smith family arrived in Palmyra they immediately bargained for the purchase of 
100 acres of land. This is known today as the Joseph Smith farm and is in the possession of 
the Church. In that day the land was covered with a heavy growth of timber. This had to be 
removed before the land could be planted and crops raised to pay for the farm. As I stood 
upon this ground, I thought of the struggles this entailed. My grandfather, Hyrum Smith, and 
his older brother, Alvin, were called upon to do much of this laborious task. The younger 
brother, Joseph, was too young at that time to give much help, being only about 10 years of 
age. Nevertheless he was called to assist, and a few years later — at the time of the vision — 
was under the necessity of performing labor required of a man. 

The house which stands upon the farm was built by these sons of Joseph Smith, Senior; but 
it is not the house, as many have been told, in which the Angel Moroni appeared to Joseph 
Smith. The older house has long since disappeared, and stood several rods to the north of the 
present home. After the proclamation of the Angel's visit persecution raged, and the family 
were not permitted long to enjoy the land which had cost them so much to prepare, because 


of others, who, through wickedness, for a season reaped the fruits thereof. 

summit of the Hill Cumorah, in the midst of a vast multitude, only a few of whom belonged 
to the Church, I tried to picture the scenes of former days. Here were assembled vast armies 
filled with bitterness and bent on destruction. I thought of the great promises the Lord had 
made through his prophets concerning those who should possess this choice land, and how 
those promises were not fulfilled because the people violated his commandments. Here a 
people perished because of their extreme wickedness. 

There must be something in the destiny of things that would cause a repetition of this terrible 
scene on the same spot many centuries later. I reflected and wondered if this unhappy time 
would ever come when another still mightier people would incur the wrath of God because 
of wickedness and likewise perish. If so, would this same spot witness their destruction? I 
thought of the prophets, Ether, Mormon, Moroni, and tried to realize the sadness of their 
feelings as they witnessed the mad onrushing of their peoples to annihilation. 

IMPORTANCE OF CUMORAH UNKNOWN TO WORLD. We sang the song, prepared for 
this celebration, 242 . 34 Zion-land, and I entered heartily, sincerely, into the spirit of the song: 

God bless our Zion-land, 

Firm may she ever stand, 

Through storm and night; 

When the wild tempests rave, 

Ruler of wind and wave, 

Do Thou Thy Zion save 
By thy great might! 

For her our prayers shall rise 
To God above the skies, 

With Him we stand; 

Thou who art ever nigh, 

Guarding with watchful eye, 

To Thee aloud we cry, 

God save Thy land. 

Here it was that Moroni, commanded by the Lord, hid up the sacred records of his people. 
Here it was. 1,400 years later, that he, then a resurrected being, came to Joseph Smith and 
committed these same records to the young man's care. At the time of the Prophet's first visit 
to the hill, it was covered with trees; today (1923) it is stripped and bare, save for the grass 
which grows abundantly. This former scene of strife and bloodshed, where two nations 
perished, later the sacred repository of ancient records, today is the abode of peaceful cattle, 
reclining and chewing the cud. The many millions of inhabitants of the land, who, because 


they love darkness rather than light, will not believe, and although an angel has declared it 
unto them, they appear to have no more thought concerning the wonderful events that have 
taken place near and on the Hill Cumorah, than have these cattle.243. 35 




LORD'S COVENANT WITH ABRAHAM. We are a covenant people — that is we are 
subject to covenants and obligations as members of the Church. It has always been so. 244. 1 
The Lord established covenants with Adam in the beginning. You find that clearly stated in 
the Book of Genesis 244. 2 and more clearly stated in the Book of Moses in the Pearl of 
Great Price.244. 3 He made covenants with Enoch that are also stated in those scriptures. 

244. 4 He made a covenant with Noah, which resulted in the saving of Noah's family and 
great promises being given to him in the flood.244. 5 

Then Abraham received covenants — very definite and important covenants that concern us 
very materially today. Let me say just a word about the covenant that was made with 
Abraham. In the Book of Abraham I read the following: "My name is Jehovah, and I know 
the end from the beginning; therefore, my hand shall be over thee." (That is what the Lord 
said to Abraham.) 

"And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee above measure, and make thy 
name great among all nations, and thou shalt be a blessing unto thy seed after thee, that in 
their hands they shall bear this ministry and Priesthood unto all nations; And I will bless 
them through thy name; for as many as receive this Gospel shall be called after thy name, 
and shall be accounted thy seed, and shall rise up and bless thee, as their father; And I will 
bless them that bless thee, and curse them that curse thee; and in thee (that is, in thy 
Priesthood) and in thy seed (that is, thy Priesthood), for I give unto thee a promise that this 
right shall continue in thee, and in thy seed after thee (that is to say, the literal seed, or the 
seed of the body) shall all the families of the earth be blessed, even with the blessings of the 
Gospel, which are the blessings of salvation, even of life eternal." 245. 6 . . . 

COVENANT WITH ABRAHAM FOR ALL HIS SEED. Of course the Lord established this 
covenant more particularly through Isaac and Jacob, and from Jacob through the 12 sons 
who stand at the head of the 12 tribes of Israel.245. 7 But I call your attention to this fact: 
According to the Doctrine and Covenants, Moses got his priesthood from Jethro, who was a 


descendant of Abraham but not a descendant in any way, as far as we know, of Jacob or 
Israel.245. 8 Jethro came through another branch of Abraham's family, that of Keturah. 245. 9 
He was a Midianite, and yet he held the priesthood. 

We sometimes think, as the Jews in the days of Christ thought, that all the blessings of Israel 
pertain just to us. You know what a time the Lord had to convince the apostles in that early 
day that the gospel was for the Gentiles. You have read the story of Cornelius and how the 
Lord had to convince Peter that the gospel was for someone else besides the Jews. 245. 10 
We must not think that in those early days none except those who were descendants of Israel 
or Jacob were entitled to the blessings of the priesthood. That is shown clearly in this fact, as 
already pointed out, that the Midianites held the priesthood.245. 1 1 

PROCESS OF ADOPTION INTO HOUSE OF ISRAEL. Is it necessary that we be of the 
house of Israel in order to accept the gospel and all the blessings pertaining to it? If so, how 
do we become of the house of Israel, by adoption or by direct lineage? 

Every person who embraces the gospel becomes of the house of Israel. In other words, they 
become members of the chosen lineage, or Abraham's children through Isaac and Jacob unto 
whom the promises were made. The great majority of those who become members of the 
Church are literal descendants of Abraham through Ephraim, son of Joseph, Those who are 
not literal descendants of Abraham and Israel must become such, and when they are baptized 
and confirmed they are grafted into the tree and are entitled to all the rights and privileges as 
heirs. 246. 12 . . . 

Abraham out of Ur, the land of his fathers, he made certain covenants with him because of 
his faithfulness. One promise was that through him and his seed after him all nations of the 
earth should be blessed.246. 13 This blessing is accomplished in several ways. 

1. Through Jesus Christ who came through the lineage of Abraham; 

2. Through the priesthood which was conferred upon Abraham and his descendants; 

3. Through the scattering of Israel among all nations by which the blood of Israel was 
sprinkled among the nations, and thus the nations partake of the leaven of righteousness, on 
condition of their repentance, and are entitled to the promises made to the children of 
Abraham; and 

4. In the fact that the Lord covenanted with Abraham that after his time all who embraced 
the gospel should be called by his name, or, should be numbered among his seed, and should 
receive the Holy Ghost, 

All of these promises were made to Abraham because of his faithfulness. No person who is 


not of Israel can become a member of the Church without becoming of the house of Israel by 
adoption. . . . 

This doctrine of adoption, or grafting in of the wild olive branches into the tame olive tree, 
was understood by the prophets of Israel.247. 14 It was taught by John the Baptist 247. 15 and 
by the Savior247. 16 and is expressed most emphatically and beautifully in the parable of the 
tame olive tree in the 5th chapter of Jacob, in the Book of Mormon. 247. 17 

LINEAGE IN ISRAEL BY BLOOD RELATIONSHIP. Is the lineage of Ephraim traced 
through blood relationship, or is it traced by the believing class? 

When a man who is of Israel joins the Church, his tribal relationship does not change. For 
instance, a descendant of Judah would be classed as of the tribe of Judah, a descendant of 
Benjamin as of the tribe of Benjamin, and so with those of other tribes. Ephraim was blessed 
with the birthright in Israel, 247. 1 8 and in this dispensation he has been called to stand at the 
head to bless the other tribes of Israel. 247. 19 This is the interpretation as discovered in the 
discourses of the leading brethren and in the blessings of the patriarchs of the Church from 
the beginning, as the following excerpts will show: 

"There is the fact revealed through the Prophet Joseph Smith, who was of the lineage of 
Joseph through the loins of Ephraim, that the majority of the people who have been first to 
receive the gospel and priesthood of the latter-day dispensation, are descendants of some of 
the house of Ephraim scattered among the nations, 247. 20 and therefore, the stick of Joseph 
— the Book of Mormon — is in their hands." 247. 21 

"It is Ephraim that I have been searching for all the days of my preaching, and that is the 
blood which ran in my veins when I embraced the gospel. If there are any of the other tribes 
of Israel mixed with the Gentiles, we are also searching for them, Though the Gentiles are 
cut off, do not suppose that we are not going to preach the gospel among the Gentile nations, 
for they are mingled with the house of Israel. ... You understand who we are; we are of the 
house of Israel, of the royal seed, of the royal blood."248. 22 

President Brigham Young also said: "You have heard Joseph say the people did not know 
him; he had his eyes on the relation to blood-relations. . . . His descent from Joseph that was 
sold into Egypt was direct, and the blood was pure in him. This is why the Lord chose him, 
and we are pure when this blood-strain from Ephraim comes down pure. The decrees of the 
Almighty will be exalted — that blood which was in him was pure, and he had the sole right 
and lawful power, as he was the legal heir to the blood that has been on the earth and has 
come down through a pure lineage. "248. 23 

here should lay his hands upon your head and declare your genealogy, he would tell you . . . 
that, almost without exception, you are the descendants of Ephraim." 248. 24 


In the greater number of blessings given by our patriarchs similar expressions will be found 
to these: 

"Brother Hyde:248. 25 I seal upon thee the blessings of Joseph, for thou art a pure 
descendant of Joseph through the loins of Ephraim." (Blessing by Joseph Smith, Sen.) 

"Thou art of the lineage of Joseph, and a joint-heir of Abraham's blessings." (Blessing by 
Joseph Smith, Sen.) 

Occasionally in patriarchal blessings the lineage is declared to be of other tribes. Here are 

"Dear Brother: In the name of Jesus Christ I lay my hands on thy head and pray God the 
Eternal Father that the vision of my mind may be opened . . . Thou art of the tribe of Dan, yet 
if thou art faithful thou shalt attain to all the promised blessings." (Blessing by Joseph Smith, 

"Thou art partly of the lineage of Judah." (Blessing by Joseph Smith, Sen.) 

"Thou art of a slow and fearful spirit, but awake, arise, and be energetic, and thou shalt see 
within the veil, and the Lord will make known thy lineage to thee." (Blessing by Joseph 
Smith, Sen.) 

"Thou art of the blood of Joseph and of the tribe of Manasseh." (Blessing by John Smith.) 

"Thou art of the blood of Joseph and of the lineage of Manasseh." (Blessing by John Smith.) 

It is clearly shown from these blessings and the interpretations given to the scriptures that 
the brethren from the beginning of the Church in these last days believed and taught that 
lineage is a matter of blood relationship. However, if a person should join the Church, and he 
is a pure Gentile, the Prophet has said the old blood would be purged out and he would be 
grafted into the house of Israel. In such a case the individual could be properly assigned to 
one of the tribes, probably to Ephraim. 

ONLY THE RIGHTEOUS ARE HEIRS OF ABRAHAM. The terms seed, heirs, sons, and 
daughters, have a much deeper and greater meaning as used in the scriptures in reference to 
the becoming sons and daughters of Abraham, than to be literal descendants in the flesh. In 
the scriptural meaning there will be thousands of the literal descendants of Abraham, Isaac, 
Jacob, and Joseph, who will never be called by Abraham's name or be of the house of Israel. 
249. 26 This will be because they have rebelled against the truth and have not placed 
themselves in harmony with the covenants which are required in order that they may inherit 
as sons and daughters. In other words, to become a son or a daughter of Abraham, the 


individual must "do the works of Abraham." The Lord recognized the fact that the Jews were 
descendants of Abraham, but they could not be classed as the children of Abraham.250. 27 

We must remember that there are some blessings which come to us through faithful 
membership in the Church. Those who are obedient, and who keep the covenants which the 
Lord requires of those who obtain exaltation, are to be throughout all eternity, the children of 
Abraham, while those who rebel against the truth will be cut off, just as were the Jews in the 
days of our Savior. 

I call your attention to the fact also that the Lord has said that those who receive the 
priesthood and are faithful also become the sons of Moses and of Aaron as well as the seed 
of Abraham, while the direct descendants of Moses and Aaron, as well as of Abraham, who 
are rebellious, will be disinherited and will not be called by their names. 250. 28 We are 
taught that we are the offspring of God, 250. 29 yet only those who obey will be called the 
sons of God and the children of God. 250. 30 


EPHRAIM GAINED BIRTHRIGHT IN ISRAEL. Joseph, son of Jacob, because of his 
faithfulness and integrity to the purposes of the Lord, was rewarded with the births right in 
Israel. It was the custom in early times to bestow upon the firstborn son special privileges 
and blessings, and these were looked upon as belonging to him by right of birth. Reuben, the 
first of Jacob's sons, lost the birthright through transgression, and it was bestowed upon 
Joseph, who was the most worthy of all the sons of Jacob.250. 3 1 

When Jacob blessed Joseph, he gave him a double portion, or an inheritance among his 
brethren in Palestine and also the blessing of the land of Zion — "the utmost bound of the 
everlasting hills." He also blessed him with the blessings of heaven above, of the deep which 
lieth under, and of posterity.251. 32 Jacob also blessed the two sons of Joseph with the 
blessings of their father, which they inherited, and he placed Ephraim, the younger, before 
Manasseh, the elder, and by inspiration of the Lord conferred upon Ephraim the birthright in 
Israel.251. 33 

SCATTERING OF EPHRAIM AMONG THE NATIONS. After the death of Solomon his 
son Rehoboam was placed upon the throne of Israel, but the 1 0 northern tribes revolted and 
set up the kingdom of Israel, with Jeroboam, an Ephraimite, as their king. The southern 
kingdom, composed of the tribes of Judah and Benjamin, became known thereafter as the 
kingdom of Judah. The northern kingdom is frequently referred to in the chronicles and in 
prophecy as Ephraim. There are passages in the scriptures, however, which have direct 
reference to descendants of Ephraim and the blessings which were pronounced upon their 
heads. These blessings are to be realized in the Latter-days. 

While the Israelites possessed the land of Canaan they were rebellious and failed to heed the 


commandments of the Lord. Among these tribes were none who were more guilty of this 
offense than Ephraim, and because of this rebellion the Lord punished him by mixing him 
among the nations, It is true that Israelites from the other tribes were also scattered among 
the nations, but particularly is this true of the Ephraimites. The words of Hosea have direct 
application to those of the tribe of Ephraim wherein he says: "Ephraim, he hath mixed 
himself among the people; Ephraim is a cake not turned. "251. 34 

In scattering Ephraim the Lord had two purposes in mind: 1. The scattering was to be a 
punishment to a rebellious people; 2. It was for the purpose of blessing the people of other 
nations with the blood of Israel among whom Ephraim "mixed" himself. The scattering of 
other Israelites answered the same purpose. 

We have very good reason to believe, however, that it was the tribe of Ephraim, rebellious, 
proud, and headstrong, which was scattered more than any other among the people of other 
nations. The chief reason is that it is Ephraim who is now being gathered from among the 
nations. In these last days the Lord said that Ephraim should not be rebellious as he was 
formerly, and that now, the rebellious were not of Ephraim and should be "plucked out." 

252. 35 

EPHRAIM STANDS AT HEAD IN LATTER-DAYS. It is essential in this dispensation that 
Ephraim stand in his place at the head, exercising the birthright in Israel .which was given to 
him by direct revelation. Therefore, Ephraim must be gathered first to prepare the way 
through the gospel and the priesthood, for the rest of the tribes of Israel when the time comes 
for them to be gathered to Zion. The great majority of those who have come into the Church 
are Ephraimites. It is the exception to find one of any other tribe, unless it is of Manasseh. . . 

It is Ephraim, today, who holds the priesthood. It is with Ephraim that the Lord has made 
covenant and has revealed the fulness of the everlasting gospel. It is Ephraim who is 
building temples and performing the ordinances in them for both the living and for the dead, 
When the "lost tribes" come — and it will be a most wonderful sight and a marvelous thing 
when they do come to Zion — in fulfilment of the promises made through Isaiah and 
Jeremiah, 252. 36 they will have to receive the crowning blessings from their brother 
Ephraim, the "firstborn" in Israel. 

people from the beginning have looked forward to this great day when Ephraim would be 
gathered and would stand in his place to crown the tribes of Israel. In an epistle issued by the 
First Presidency in October, 1852, the following appears: 

"The invitation is to all, of every nation, kindred and tongue, who will believe, repent, be 
baptized, and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, by the laying on of hands, Come home: 
come to the land of Joseph, to the valleys of Ephraim. "253. 37 


The Prophet Joseph Smith looked forward to the great day when Israel would be gathered. 
He stated at a conference held in June, 1831, "that John the Revelator was then among the 
ten tribes of Israel who had been led away by Shalmaneser, king of Assyria, to prepare them 
for their return from their long dispersion. "253. 38 President Brigham Young had these same 
thoughts constantly in mind and frequently spoke of them. "It is the house of Israel, we are 
after," said he, "and it is the very lad on whom Father Jacob laid his hands, that will save the 
house of Israel. The Book of Mormon came to Ephraim, for Joseph Smith was a pure 
Ephraimite."253. 39 

"We are now gathering the children of Abraham who have come through the loins of Joseph 
and his sons, more especially through Ephraim, whose children are mixed among all the 
nations of the earth. ... I see a congregation of them before me today." 253 40 

President Young declares that Joseph Smith was a pure Ephraimite. This is true, Joseph 
Smith, father of the Prophet, received the birthright in Israel which he inherited through his 
fathers back to Ephraim and Joseph and Jacob to Abraham, For that reason the Patriarchal 
Priesthood was conferred upon him with the commandment that it should be handed down 
from father to son. 254. 41 


PROPHETS PREDICTED GATHERING OF ISRAEL. Moses, by prophecy, declared to 
ancient Israel, even before they had the privilege of entering the land of their inheritance, 
that for their rebellion the tribes of Israel would be driven to the four corners of the earth, but 
in the last days, if they would humble themselves, the Lord would gather them again. 254. 42 
Such prophecies were constantly repeated by the prophets of Israel — Isaiah, 254 43 
Jeremiah 254. 44, Ezekiel, 254 45 Amos, 254. 46 Hosea; 254. 47 in fact, all of the prophets 
have spoken of this scattering and of the gathering of Israel. 254 48 

"And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time 
to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and 
from Pathros, and from Gush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hammath, and 
from the islands of the sea. And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble 
the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four comers of the 
earth." 254 49 

CHURCH IS PROMISED ENSIGN TO WORLD. Over 125 years ago, in the little town of 
Fayette, Seneca County, New York, the Lord set up an ensign to the nations. It was in 
fulfilment of the prediction made by the Prophet Isaiah, which I have read. That ensign was 
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which was established for the last time, 
never again to be destroyed or given to other people.255. 50 It was the greatest event the 
world has seen since the day that the Redeemer was lifted upon the cross and worked out the 

infinite and eternal atonement. It meant more to mankind than anything else that has 
occurred since that day. 


No event should have been heralded among the people with greater effectiveness and 
received with greater evidence of joy and satisfaction. The nations should have rejoiced and 
welcomed it with gladness of heart, for with it came the establishment of divine truth in the 
earth — the gospel of Jesus Christ, which is the power of God unto salvation unto all who 
believe. 255. 51 The world had been without this gospel for many hundreds of years, ever 
since the great apostasy and turning away from the truth which had been established by the 
primitive Church. 

Following the raising of this ensign, the Lord sent forth his elders clothed with the 
priesthood and with power and authority, among the nations of the earth, bearing witness 
unto all peoples of the restoration of his Church, and calling upon the children of men to 
repent and receive the gospel; for now it was being preached in all the world as a witness 
before the end should come, that is, the end of the reign of wickedness and the establishment 
of the millennial reign of peace. The elders went forth as they were commanded, and are still 
preaching the gospel and gathering out from the nations the seed of Israel unto whom the 
promise was made. 

ISRAEL GATHERS BY JOINING TRUE CHURCH. Thus our fathers were gathered and 
brought into the true fold in fulfilment of the prophecies made in ancient times by men 
inspired of the Lord, that he would recover a remnant of his people from the four comers of 
the earth. Scattered Israel is being gathered into the fold. Some have rejected the testimony 
of the elders through ignorance and prejudice, not understanding the significance of the 
message delivered unto them. Others have rejected the truth wilfully because of the evil in 
their hearts and their subjection to unrighteousness.256. 52 

There are many nations represented in the membership of the Church, as we find them 
located in each stake of Zion, and they have come because the Spirit of the Lord rested upon 
them, and they could not stay themselves; but receiving the spirit of gathering, they left 
everything for the sake of the gospel and for the privilege of being numbered with, and 
obtaining an inheritance among, their fellow believers — the Latter-day Saints. 

BLESSINGS OF GATHERING OF ISRAEL. Our ancestors were engaged in various 
pursuits in their native lands; some of them in the coal mines, some of them in the fisheries, 
some of them in the great factories; and thus they were employed in foreign countries, barely 
able to make a living. They heard the gospel, came to this land, became tillers of the soil, and 
stock raisers principally, and have been engaged of course, more or less, in the selling and 
buying of merchandise. They have been trained and educated in various professions: as 
lawyers, doctors, and in the arts and sciences, which never would have been their privilege 
had they remained in their native land, under the conditions which prevailed there. 


And so the gospel has benefited them temporally as well as spiritually, and we all know that 
it has benefited them morally, that we are better by far in every particular than we could have 
been had we remained, or our parents remained, and we had been bom to them in the 
countries from whence they came. The Church today numbers many many thousands and 
they are of the house of Israel, principally of the tribe of Ephraim — Ephraim having received 
the birthright in Israel and the mission to stand at the head, to perform a work for his fellow 
kinsmen of the other tribes in the dispensation of the fulness of times in which we live. 

And so, we have seen the fulfilment of this promise that was made to the Prophet Joseph 
Smith, through the preaching of the gospel — the conversion of many souls from Europe, 
from Asia, and from the isles of the sea; and we are now witnessing the gathering of the 
dispersed of Judah. The Lord is now opening the way for the return of these outcasts who 
were scattered because of their disobedience and their rejection of the Son of God, and they 
have remained scattered among the nations until the time for their gathering, which is now. 
257. 53 

GATHERING OCCURS BECAUSE KEYS RESTORED. Moses received the keys of the 
gathering of Israel at Sinai, when he was called and sent to lead Israel from Egypt to the 
promised land which the Lord had given to their father Abraham. 257. 54 He gathered Israel, 
and while he was not privileged to place them in possession of the land, nevertheless the 
keys were in his hands for the gathering. He came to Peter, James, and John on the mount at 
the transfiguration and there bestowed upon them the same keys for the gathering of Israel in 
the days in which they lived.257. 55 He was sent to the Prophet Joseph Smith and Oliver 
Cowdery to bestow the keys for the gathering of Israel in the dispensation of the fulness of 
times. 257. 56 

It is by virtue of the restoration of those keys that you are here tonight. I take it for granted 
that I am looking into the faces of people who have come from all parts of Europe, from all 
parts of the United States, from Canada and other lands. What brought you here? The gospel 
of Jesus Christ, and the power and the authority bestowed by Moses for your gathering here. 

The Jews today are gathering in Palestine in fulfilment of the predictions of the ancient 
prophets. Why are they gathering to their homeland? Because of the restoration of the keys 
for the gathering of Israel. The Jews are being restored to the land of their inheritance; and 
there will yet come other gatherings, for we are informed that there shall come the gathering 
of the lost tribes of Israel, and all that by virtue of the restoration of the keys of the 
priesthood held by Moses. 258. 57 


TIMES OF GENTILES DRAWING TO A CLOSE. Speaking of the overthrow of the Jews 
and the destruction of Jerusalem, the Lord said to his disciples: "And they shall fall by the 
edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be 


trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. And there shall be 
signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, 
with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for 
looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be 
shaken." 258. 58 

This scripture was also referred to by Moroni when he visited Joseph Smith in September, 
1823, which scripture he said was soon to be fulfilled, He said that the fulness of the 
Gentiles was soon to come in.258. 59 The words of our Lord are very definite and explicit 
regarding the time of the scattering of the Jews and the days of the Gentiles. They give the 
key which unlocks the door to the fulfilling of this prophecy. 

We all know that from the time of the destruction of Jerusalem in the year 70 A.D. until near 
the close of World War I, Jerusalem was trodden down of the Gentiles, and during all of that 
time the Jews were scattered and almost without privileges in the Holy Land. The Lord said 
they should remain scattered among the nations until the times of the Gentiles were fulfilled. 
Moroni said the times of the Gentiles were about to be fulfilled, Today we are living in the 
transition period; the day of the Gentiles has come in, and the day of Judah and the remnant 
of downtrodden Israel is now at hand. The sign for the fulfilment of this prophecy has been 
given. 259. 60 

FIRST TO BE LAST AND LAST TO BE FIRST. In the former dispensation, the gospel was 
first preached to the Jews and then, after they had rejected it, it was taken to the Gentiles. In 
the dispensation in which we live, the gospel was first taken to the Gentile nations, and 
scattered Israel other than the Jews were gathered out; and after being preached among the 
Gentile nations, it shall go to the Jews, the first being last and the last being first, as the 
Savior promised. 259. 61 

In section 45 of the Doctrine and Covenants, the Lord calls attention to the fact that when the 
fulness of the Gentiles should come in, a light should break forth among those that sat in 
darkness, and it should be the fulness of the everlasting gospel, but they would reject it. And 
in that generation shall the time of the Gentiles be fulfilled.259. 62 In the 133rd section of the 
Doctrine and Covenants, he warns all the tribes of Israel to flee to the mountains of Ephraim 
for safety, and for the Jews to flee to Jerusalem. 259. 63 

From the time of the destruction of Jerusalem by Titus until the year 1917, Jerusalem was 
trodden down of the Gentiles. After General Allenby, at the head of the British forces, 
captured Palestine, that country became free from the tyranny and oppression of the Turkish 
empire, and after peace was declared, England sent to Palestine Dr. Herbert Samuel, a Jew, 
to be governor of the land, and that is the first time in all those years that a Jew has ruled in 



Under his direction, and with the sanction of the British government, which controls in that 
land, he is preparing for the return of the scattered remnant — the dispersed of Judah — to 
their own land, where they shall assemble in fulfilment of these predictions made by Isaiah 
and other prophets and quoted by Moroni to the Prophet Joseph Smith, where they too, will 
have the privilege of hearing the gospel and embracing it.260. 64 

We see today a miracle being performed before our eyes. Following the war, which we are 
pleased to call the first world war, the British Premier issued a proclamation to the Jews 
telling them they could gather and they could have in Palestine a Jewish Home, or state. 

They began to gather in great numbers. At the beginning of this century things in Palestine 
were in a deplorable condition. They were using wooden plows, water wheel irrigation; they 
had infested wells and streams. They carried water in skins as of old. Sanitation was 

LEBANON BECOMING A FRUITFUL FIELD. 260. 65 The British government changed all 
of this, when they obtained the mandate. You see, the mandate of Palestine was given to 
Great Britain. That nation and other nations spent millions of pounds in rehabilitating that 
land. The Sea of Galilee is now a great reservoir, and the flood waters from the various 
streams are being diverted into it. 

Canals have been built for irrigation, and the Jordan has been changed from its natural 
channel into channels or into canals on each side of the original stream, These irrigate some 
seven million acres, which could not be under cultivation otherwise. Hydroelectric stations 
have been built on these streams. One power plant is located about eight miles below the 
lake of Galilee, where there is a similar dam to the Hoover Dam. This contains about 10 
billion cubic feet of water for irrigation and power purposes. Passing through the turbines, 
most of the water is returned to the Jordan. The power plants are ample for a territory the 
size of Vermont. The Palestine Electric Corporation supplies electric power and light for all 
Palestine, except Jerusalem and its vicinity. 

In 1929-30, the value of fruit exported from Jerusalem, oranges and grapefruit and lemon 
groves, was valued at 1.5 million dollars. In 1937 it was estimated to have increased to 20 
million. During the same period the production of industrial enterprises of the Jewish people 
rose from 1 1 million to over 40 million. 

From 1 898 to 1940 the sum of 70 million dollars had been invested in Palestine through the 
national funds. These figures are for the years up to 1937. Since that time, there has been a 
great influx of Jews into Palestine, and of course, all that I have told you about money spent 
and what has been accomplished is only a fraction of what has been accomplished since. Tel 
Aviv, a Jewish city founded in 1910, is larger than Salt Lake City today. This is all in 
fulfillment of the prophecies. . . . 


mandate and wished to be relieved. On May 14, 1948, England withdrew and the Republic 
of Israel came into existence. This is a very significant event which we must not forget. It is 
a sign to us that the times of the Gentiles are drawing to their close and the day of the 
gathering of the Jews and the preaching of the gospel to them is at hand. 

I will read to you some of the words of the Savior in regard to the scattering of the Jews and 
their gathering again, as recorded in the 21st chapter of Luke: "And when ye shall see 
Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. Then let 
them which are in Judea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it 
depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto. For these be the days of 
vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. But woe unto them that are 
with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the 
land, and wrath upon this people. And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be 
led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until 
the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled." 262. 66 

When Titus the Roman general laid siege to Jerusalem, he suddenly withdrew his forces for 
some unknown reason. This was the signal to the members of the Church to flee, and they 
took advantage of it. Titus returned and laid siege and it was at this time that the dreadful 
things occurred spoken of by Moses in the 28th chapter of Deuteronomy. 

Today the Jews are building the waste places, building cities. They have their own 
government, have their own flag, and make their own laws, I wish you would obtain a copy 
of the Voice of Warning, by Elder Parley P. Pratt, which was written in 1837. He tells you all 
about these things and how they were to be fulfilled, Now, more than 100 years later, we see 
the Jews returning. We see their government established, and thus the foundation laid for the 
return of Israel, and yet, the blind leaders of the blind, can't see it.262. 67 


LEHI A JEW BY CITIZENSHIP. In 1 Nephi 5:14, we are informed that Lehi was a 
descendant of Joseph, and in 2 Nephi 30:4, it states that the Nephites were descendants of 
the Jews. Since the Jews were descendants of Judah, how can these statements be 

It is true that Lehi and his family were descendants of Joseph through the lineage of 
Manasseh, 262. 68 and Ishmael was a descendant of Ephraim, according to the statement of 
the Prophet Joseph Smith. That the Nephites were descendants of Joseph is in fulfilment of 
the blessings given to Joseph by his father Israel. The Nephites were of the Jews, not so 
much by descent as by citizenship, although in the long descent from Jacob, it could be 
possible of some mixing of the tribes by intermarriage. 


It should be remembered that in the days of Rehoboam, son of Solomon, 10 of the 12 tribes 
of Israel revolted and were known as the kingdom of Israel from that time on until they were 
carried away into Assyria. The other two tribes of Judah and Benjamin remained loyal to 
Rehoboam and were known as the kingdom of Judah. Lehi was a citizen of Jerusalem, in the 
kingdom of Judah. Presumably his family had lived there for several generations, and all of 
the inhabitants of the kingdom of Judah, no matter which tribe they had descended through, 
were known as Jews. 

The condition is comparable to conditions today, for example: Many members of the Church 
have been gathered out of England, Germany, the Scandinavian countries, and other foreign 
lands. Coming to this country they have taken out citizenship papers, and then they and their 
descendants are known as Americans, being citizens of this country. 

HOW PAUL WAS A JEW. There is also a comparable example in the case of Paul the 
apostle. When he was arrested on complaint of the Jews, the chief captain mistook him for 
an Egyptian who had created a rebellion, and Paul said to the captain, "I am a man which am 
a Jew of Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, a citizen of no mean city: and, I beseech thee, suffer me to 
speak unto the people." When the privilege was granted, Paul spoke to the angry Jews and 
said: "I am verily a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet brought up in 
this city at the feet of Gamaliel, and taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the 
fathers, and was zealous toward God, as ye all are this day. "263. 69 In writing his epistles to 
the Roman saints Paul said: "For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe 
of Benjamin. "264. 70 He made a similar statement in writing the saints at Philippi. 264. 71 

Not only in the Book of Mormon are the descendants of Lehi called Jews, but also in the 
Doctrine and Covenants. In section 19, this is found: "Which is my word to the Gentile, that 
soon it may go to the Jew, of whom the Lamanites are a remnant, that they may believe the 
gospel, and, look not for a Messiah to come who has already come." 264. 72 Again, in giving 
instruction to the elders who had journeyed from Kirtland to Missouri, the Lord revealed the 
place for the building of the temple and gave instruction for the purchase of land "lying 
westward, even unto the line running directly between Jew and Gentile." 264. 73 This line 
westward was the dividing line between the whites and Indians.264. 74 





FIRST APOSTASY BEGAN IN ADAM'S DAY. When the Lord formed the earth and its 
heaven, he pronounced them very good. He sanctified them, and when man was placed on 
the earth, this condition of goodness and sanctification prevailed. 267. 1 We read in the 
words of Lehi to his son Jacob the following: "And now, behold, if Adam had not 
transgressed he would not have fallen, but he would have remained in the garden of Eden. 
And all things which were created must have remained in the same state in which they were 
after they were created; and they must have remained forever, and had no end. "267. 2 

The charge given to Adam in the garden was that he was forbidden to eat the fruit of the tree 
of the knowledge of good and evil, for should he do so he would surely die. Through his 
transgression death came upon him, and the earth that was very good was cursed to bring 
forth thorns and thistles, which it did not bring forth before, and thus the earth and all 
creatures on its face partook of the fall. Through Satan's power many of the children of 
Adam and Eve rebelled, for "they loved Satan more than God. And men began from that 
time forth to be carnal, sensual, and devilish. "267. 3 

given to Adam by the Lord, was changed; ordinances were broken; and the perfect 
government revealed to him ceased to exist. The bowing down to idols and the worship of 
imaginary gods soon prevailed. Violent and unrighteous men gained power and set 
themselves up as rulers, and man-made governments were formed in which the Divine Ruler 
was ignored. 

Then came the flood, and the earth Was cleansed. Once more the covenants and 
commandments were revealed to Noah for man's government, but before his death 
corruption had again swept over the earth. It became necessary for the Lord to call Abraham 
from the land of his birth and make covenants with him and his seed after him which were to 
endure forever, and his descendants, the children of Jacob, became the chosen people of 

In course of time, after Israel had been established in their inheritances in Canaan, these 
covenants were broken, and for the rebellion of the 1 0 tribes, then known as the Kingdom of 
Israel, that kingdom came to an end, the people were carried captive into Assyria, and from 
that land they never returned. The remaining two tribes about 130 years later were likewise 
punished and carried away to Babylon. When they had suffered sufficiently and had 
repented, they were privileged to return to their own land where they reconstructed the 
temple and for a short season served the Lord. 

Then once more came a departure from the Lord, and when the time came for the appearance 
of the Son of God, they rejected him and crucified him, but he again established his Church 
with a few who were willing to follow him and sent them forth into all the world to declare 
his gospel. Again, following the death of his apostles, apostasy once more set in, and again 
the saving principles and ordinances of the gospel were changed to suit the conveniences 


and notions of the people. Doctrines were corrupted, authority lost, and a false order of 
religion took the place of the gospel of Jesus Christ, just as it had been the case in former 
dispensations, and the people were left in spiritual darkness.267. 4 

APOSTASY FOLLOWING MERIDIAN OF TIME. It is within the power of every 
intelligent man to know that following the days of the ancient apostles there came a falling 
away, or an apostasy, from the doctrines and practices in the primitive Church. History 
shows that the priesthood which was organized by our Savior was corrupted, and offices 
were created that were unknown in the days of the apostles and which are foreign to the true 
Church of Jesus Christ. 

Offices which were established by the Savior were discarded with the false assumption that 
they were no longer needed. Apostles and prophets, which officers Paul declares were to 
remain in the Church, "Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the 
Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ," 

267. 5 were discarded. 

Apostles and prophets ceased to exist, and therefore there was no more revelation or contact 
with the heavens, and it was proclaimed that the canon of scripture was full. The pure, 
understandable truths of the gospel became mixed with the pagan philosophies of that day, 
and the ordinances of the gospel no longer resembled those taught and practiced by the 
apostles of our Lord. Evidences of this are very apparent to every student of the history of 
the early centuries of the Christian era. 

The Protestant rebellion did not correct these errors, for those who broke away from the 
mother church perpetuated these evils, and therefore the same corrupted doctrines and 
practices were perpetuated in these protestant organizations. The truth concerning the nature 
of God and the true relationship between the Father and the Son disappeared, and following 
the days of Constantine the incomprehensible doctrine of the Godhead was substituted in its 
place. Thus confusion regarding our Eternal Father and his Son Jesus Christ has persisted 
throughout all of Christendom to this day. 267. 6 

UNIVERSAL NATURE OF APOSTASY. All the men holding the priesthood should have a 
thorough understanding of the development of false doctrine and the gradual change which 
took place, after the death of the apostles, which transformed the Church of Jesus Christ into 
a system as far removed from the primitive Church as are the poles of our hemispheres. 
Nothing by way of ordinance and very little by way of doctrine, given by revelation in the 
days of our Savior and during the lives of the apostles, was left remaining. . . . 

Many volumes could be written showing the departure from the original teachings and 
ministry of the Church. In fact impartial historians have pointed out down through the 
centuries how these changes came to pass. Moreover some historians who were adherents of 
the Catholic Church, perhaps unknowingly, have borne witnesses of these great changes. 


268. 7 

If we had access to all the documents dealing with the ecclesiastical changes of the first two 
or three centuries of the Christian era, there would come before the people some very 
startling discoveries. The information which is obtainable reveals deplorable conditions in 
the development of false doctrines, changes in ordinances, the order in the priesthood, and 
the government of the Church, that make it clear to all who earnestly consider them, that 
there came as predicted by the apostles of old, a falling away from the true Church of Jesus 
Christ. . . . 

suddenly. It was a gradual development and commenced while some of the apostles were 
still living. Paul, at Miletus, when taking leave of the elders of Ephesus, said, "I know this, 
that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also 
of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after 
them." 269. 8 

He warned the members of the Church in Thessalonica not to be deceived regarding the 
ushering in of the second advent of Jesus Christ. "For that day shall not come, except there 
come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who 
opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he 
as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. "269. 9 

Peter also wrote saying: "But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there 
shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even 
denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many 
shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken 
of." 269. 10 

seek to see that changes in the doctrines of the Church were introduced in the early centuries 
after the death of the apostles. 

Then came gradually the ascendancy of the bishop of Rome over other bishops and officers 
in the Church, which led to the declaration that Peter had chosen that bishop to be his 
successor, notwithstanding the fact that John, and perhaps others of the apostles, were still 
living. There is evidence in the New Testament that it was the purpose in the beginning that 
the council of the apostles was to be perpetuated, for Paul was called to the apostleship and 
others such as Barnabas and James the brother of the Lord were so designated; 269. 1 1 but 
this council gradually came to an end.269. 12 

As the Church grew and spread, especially after the death of the apostles, false doctrines 
crept in. Pagan philosophy became mixed with the truth, and the simple, plain, principles and 


ceremonies of the gospel, so clear that the unlearned and common people could understand 
them, became so changed and mixed with error, mystery, and ostentation so foreign to the 
doctrines of Christ that the people were bewildered and confused. False teachers arose, and 
again the priesthood was withdrawn from among men to be restored at a better and more 
favorable day. 270. 13 

JOHN SAW PRIESTHOOD TAKEN TO HEAVEN. John the apostle, when on the isle of 
Patmos, saw the time come when the Church was forced into the wilderness. The Church, in 
this vision, is represented by the figure of a woman, "clothed with the sun, and the moon 
under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars." "And there appeared another 
wonder in heaven, ... a great red dragon" who drew one third of the stars of heaven and cast 
them to the earth. This dragon, when he was cast down to the earth, in great wrath persecuted 
the woman and the man child born of her. 

The woman because of the persecution was given wings "that she might fly into the 
wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from 
the face of the serpent." The man child representing the priesthood, who was chosen "to rule 
all nations with a rod of iron," was "caught up unto God, and to his throne," there to remain 
through the dark days of spiritual rebellion and satanic dominion, or until the earth could be 
prepared for his return to receive just and rightful power.270. 14 

This return of the Church and the priesthood had to be postponed until a day of religious 
freedom and to come in a land dedicated to religious liberty. 270. 15 

consistent in the course he took. The fact that there was not found on the earth in 1 820 an 
organization which in any sense resembled the primitive Church, and which claimed to have 
received authority, is almost beyond the possibility of dispute. If the Church with its keys 
and priesthood was to be restored, then it would have to be by the opening of the heavens 
and the coming to earth of messengers from the presence of the Lord. Man does not have 
authority to make the Church for the Lord, and the Lord is not bound to accept the 
organizations made by man with their rules and regulations. His ways are not man's ways, 
and when men endeavor to organize in a religious way, their authority can extend only as far 
as man's power extends, and therefore, all such organizations must fail in the endeavor to 
give to men the blessings of salvation. 271. 16 

SOME TRUTH IN ALL CHURCHES. All churches teach some truth, whether they profess 
belief in Confucius, Buddha, the Greek and Roman gods, or anything else; otherwise their 
churches would not endure a month. The fact that they teach some truth does not make them 
the Church of God. There is but one Church of God.271. 17 



say: "Are we not living in the most enlightened age the world has ever seen? Is it not true 
that great progress is being made to lessen the burdens and increase the happiness of man?" 

Yes, this is true in regard to many material things. Great progress has been made in 
mechanics, chemistry, physics, surgery, and other things. Men have built great telescopes 
that have brought the hidden galaxies to view. They have, by the aid of the microscope, 
discovered vast worlds of microorganisms, some of which are as deadly as are men towards 
their fellow men. 

They have discovered means to control disease; they have, by the aid of anesthesia, made 
men insensible to pain, thus permitting major and delicate operations which could not 
otherwise be performed. They have invented machines more sensitive than the human touch, 
more farseeing than the human eye. They have controlled elements and made machinery that 
can move mountains, and many other things have they done too numerous to mention. Yes, 
this is a wonderful age. 

However, all of these discoveries and inventions have not drawn men nearer to God! nor 
created in their hearts humility and the spirit of repentance. But to the contrary, to their 
condemnation, nearly everything, it seems, which has been given that should be a blessing to 
men, has been turned to evil. 

Many of these discoveries and inventions are now being used to bring destruction to the 
human race. They are being used in the most cruel, most inhuman, godless wars this world 
has ever seen. They are employed by criminals to aid them in their crimes, by the ambitious 
in their efforts to destroy the agency of man, and by despots who are endeavoring to 
subjugate the world to an unholy, wicked rule. 

MODERN AGE ONE OF APOSTASY AND CORRUPTION. Faith has not increased in the 
world, nor has righteousness, nor obedience to God. What the world needs today is to draw 
nearer to the Lord. We need more humble, abiding faith in our Redeemer, more love in our 
hearts for our Eternal Father and for our fellow men.272. 1 8 

We live in a wonderful age. The great inventions of our day exceed what was known in all 
former ages. Unfortunately these inventions have failed to bring men nearer to God. One 
might think that the revelations coming through radio, television and other things, would 
draw men nearer to God; but it is not so. Men are more inclined to boast in their own 
strength, denying divine aid. Crime has increased. The integrity of men has diminished. 

From the writings of the press we may well believe that we are approaching the day 
predicted by Jesus Christ, when he said, "But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the 
coming of the Son of man be." 273. 19 

Are the peoples of the earth approaching this same condition? World events indicate that 


they are; we have endured more grievous wars and bloodshed than in any other century. 
Nations have been, and are, arrayed against each other. Conflict, trouble, evil prevail. 
Governments with large populations have denied God. They have tried to make the state 
supreme and have taken from the people their agency. 

Lord raised up honorable men to make it a land of freedom, and he declared: "It is not right 
that any man should be in bondage one to another. And for this purpose have I established 
the Constitution of this land, by the hands of wise men whom I raised up unto this very 
purpose, and redeemed the land by the shedding of blood."273. 20 

In those days men loved God. They walked humbly. They laid a firm foundation on which 
we were to build. Are we walking in their path? Are we maintaining the same standard, 
insuring a free government and a free people? Ours is a nation basically built on equity, 
virtue, and love. Have we lost our sense of justice? Our integrity? Our love of truth and our 
honor in the discharge of duty? Have we become victims of greed? Have we forgotten the 
path of virtue? Do we wink at and tolerate the violation of the marriage covenant and look 
upon marriage as a temporary contract to be broken at will? Is chastity forgotten? 

When we learn of men chosen to represent the people violating their trust, when we read of 
robbery, murder, the reign of gangsters who brazenly defy the law, we may wonder if we are 
not approaching the day of decadence like the ancient nations. . . . 

Let us return to individual and national integrity, love of God and country, be honest in our 
dealings with each other, virtuous in our lives. Here lies the only road to happiness and 
peace. Moreover, let us not forget that justice demands reparation for every wrong. Said 
Alma, a prophet of old: "What, do ye suppose that mercy can rob justice? I say unto you, 
Nay; not one whit. If so, God would cease to be God. "273. 21 

WORLD GROWING WORSE, NOT BETTER. I am not one of those who believe that the 
world is growing better; I do not consider myself a pessimist either, but I do not believe that 
the world is becoming more righteous, that the inhabitants are drawing nearer unto God, that 
there is in the hearts of the people a greater desire today to serve him than in the year 1 832; 
but, on the other hand, since that day the peoples of the nations of the earth have been 
drifting and drifting farther and farther from the truth. 

When I make this statement, I am fully aware that there has been progression in certain 
directions. I am aware that in these latter-days there has been a movement among the nations 
and in our own land to overcome the evils of strong drink, and all these things will bring 
their results for good, but so far as their observance of the doctrines of the gospel is 
concerned, so far as their righteousness is concerned, I do not believe that they are any 
better, nay, I do not believe that the people are as good now as they were when this 
revelation was given. 274. 22 


of vain philosophy, full of doctrine that is not of the Lord, full of false conclusions, ideas 
and theories that were not a part of the gospel in the days of the Son of God, and hence are 
not a part of it now, but on the contrary are in absolute contradiction of the truth. There are 
fewer, in my judgment, among the Christian peoples, who believe in the Son of God as the 
Redeemer of the world. The tendency has been, during all these years, to get farther away 
from the principles of the gospel as they are contained in the holy scriptures. 

The worship of reason, of false philosophy, is greater now than it was then. Men are 
depending upon their own research to find out God, and that which they cannot discover and 
which they cannot demonstrate to their satisfaction through their own research and their 
natural senses, they reject. They are not seeking for the Spirit of the Lord; they are not 
striving to know God in the manner in which he has marked out by which he may be known; 
but they are walking in their own way, believing in their own man-made philosophies, 
teaching the doctrines of devils and not the doctrines of the Son of God.274. 23 

educators have informed the world that we have no guide in religious thought beyond the 
power of man's wisdom, and therefore our individual reason is the best we have to lead us. 
For hundreds of years this babel of voices has been heard in the world of religion. Even at 
the present day there is little wonder that wise men274. 24 — that is, men wise in their own 
learning: editors, educators, doctors of the law, and of religions should assemble, as was 
done in Chicago April 30th of this year 1933, to discuss what they deem the need of the 
present age in religion. 

These wise men, if the press dispatches are to be accepted, met and declared, "The religious 
forms and ideas of our fathers are no longer adequate." As a substitute they offer 
"humanism," and give an explanation of their "faith" in 15 points. Their 15 points cannot be 
discussed here; let it suffice to say that they maintain that Christianity has failed, and that 
"religion must formulate its hopes and plans in the light of the scientific spirit and method." 
They say the distinction between the sacred and the secular cannot be maintained, that 
worship of the supreme ruler and religious prayer to him are futile. Men must find 
expression to their emotions in "a higher sense of personal life and in a cooperative effort to 
promote social well being." To these "worshipers" the universe is self-existing -- it had no 
creator; Dr. Charles E. Schofield, in his book, The Adventurous God, says, "The major trend 
of unbelief today seems to be more and more towards the position that we very much need a 
religion, but it must be a religion without a God." 276. 25 

today is filled with evil, yes, the so-called Christian world. Mankind has turned from ways of 
righteousness to the wallowing in the filthiness of unclean thinking, degrading habits, soul 
destroying in their nature. In our country billions of dollars are spent annually for 


intoxicating liquors and tobacco. Drunkenness and the filthiness which these evils bring to 
the human family are undermining, not only the health, but the moral and spiritual bulwarks 
of humanity. It is deplorable that indulgence in liquor and tobacco are looked upon in such 
favor even in high places. 

Moreover it is a crime that the manufacturers of these poisons can make an appeal to the 
public which receives a favorable response even from many well meaning persons, by 
declaring that we should furnish such things to the men in the service of our country. It is not 
because these interests have any regard for the welfare of these men, or desire to see them 
succeed in the stupendous task before them, but because of their unholy greed to fill their 
iniquitous coffers to overflowing with ill-gotten gains. The weakening of the resistance and 
the impairment to the bodies of these men who should be physically strong and mentally 
alert means nothing to these soul destroying agencies. 

incline his ear and hearken to our prayers and be more willing to help us in our battles if we 
would keep our bodies clean, our minds pure, and have respect for his divine laws. He has 
made the promise that if the inhabitants of this land, choice above all other lands, would 
humble themselves and give heed to his commandments, he would fortify this land and give 
us divine protection. 277. 26 

Unfortunately the people of this land have not been willing to do this thing. They have 
turned from righteous ways and the keeping of their bodies clean to ways of evil. Immorality 
rages, drunkenness prevails from sea to sea, the filthiness of tobacco has debased both men 
and women, and the stench thereof has ascended to high heaven. By the practice of these 
evils humanity is binding itself by the chains of hell. 

beginning, when the Lord gave the gospel to Adam, he commanded him to teach it to his 
children. We are told that Satan came among them saying "Believe it not; and they believed 
it not, and they loved Satan more than God. And men began from that time forth to be carnal, 
Sensual, and devilish. "277. 27 These tendencies, through the aid of Satan, have prevailed in 
the world ever since. The Savior made this observation: "And this is the condemnation, that 
light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds 
were evil." 277. 28 

Another prophet, who dwelt upon this hemisphere, predicted that in our day the wrath of the 
Almighty would be kindled against the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquities. "But, 
behold," said Nephi, "in the last days, or in the days of the Gentiles — yea, behold all the 
nations of the Gentiles and also the Jews, both those who shall come upon this land and 
those who shall be upon other lands, yea, even upon all the lands of the earth, behold, they 
will be drunken with iniquity and all manner of abomination — And when that day shall 
come they shall be visited of the Lord of Hosts, with thunder and with earthquake, and with 


a great noise, and with storm, and with tempest, and with the flame of devouring fire. "278. 29 

Any man is very blind indeed if he cannot see and realize that this prophecy is being literally 
fulfilled. Why can we not turn from our evil ways? Why can we not remember that we are in 
very deed the children of God and through our obedience and the keeping of our bodies 
clean, be entitled to the fulness of the blessings of the kingdom of God? 

ALL MEN JUDGED BY GOSPEL LAW. It appears that only a few of the human family 
realize that they were placed on this earth to be tried and proved, to see whether or not they 
will be obedient to divine commandments. All who prove themselves through their 
obedience are promised eternal life, which is exaltation in the celestial kingdom. 278. 30 All 
who are unclean are to be cast out of that kingdom.278. 3 1 

John heard the voice of the Lord saying: "He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he 
which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and 
he that is holy, let him be holy still. "278. 32 

In the resurrection every creature shall have his spirit and body restored to become immortal, 
that they can die no more. These same bodies which we possess here will be the bodies 
raised from the dead. 

It has been written by one of old: "Therefore, all things shall be restored to their proper 
order, every thing to its natural frame — mortality raised to immortality, corruption to 
incorruption — raised to endless happiness to inherit the kingdom of God, or to endless 
misery to inherit the kingdom of the devil, the one on the one hand, the other on the other." 
279. 33 

So it will be in that great day of judgment. To the righteous who keep themselves clean, the 
Lord has said: "He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God and he shall 
be my son. "279. 34 

NATIONS FALL FOR REJECTING CHRIST. It is true that a country cannot get ahead of 
its religion. The higher our ideals, the nearer we observe divine law and the stronger are our 
spiritual forces. No Christian can forsake the divinity of Jesus Christ and not suffer. In those 
lands in Europe where paganism has superseded the Christian ideals, there is bound to come 
decay and eventually, if there is no repentance, their former greatness will be forgotten. 

Jesus said, "And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?"279. 35 


DUTY OF SAINTS IN THIS WICKED WORLD. We are living in a wicked world where 
men's hearts have turned from truth to untruth, from righteousness to wickedness; we are 
living when men are unrighteously ambitious, seeking for power, when the liberties of the 


people are in danger. It behooves us as members of the Church to heed the counsels that are 
given by those who stand as our leaders under Jesus Christ. . . . 

We are all aware that we are in imminent danger — danger because Satan rages in the hearts 
of the people. This has all been predicted, and the predictions are coming true. 280. 36 
Antichrist is gaining power, and Satan has put into the hearts of the people — the majority of 
them — greed, and the desire to dominate and take advantage of those who are weak. 

Our duty is to keep the commandments of the Lord, to walk uprightly, to defend every 
principle of truth, to sustain and uphold the Constitution of this great country, to remember 
the Declaration of Independence, for upon these principles our country was based. They 
stand at the foundation, the cornerstones of the liberty that our fathers fought for, and which 
brought to pass, according to the word of the Lord, the redemption of this land by the 
shedding of blood. 280. 37 

MANKIND CARNAL, SENSUAL, DEVILISH BY NATURE. There is no other course for 
us to take but the course of righteousness and truth. An ancient prophet on this continent 
said, "The natural man is an enemy to God. "280. 38 The world today has become carnal, as 
much so now as in the beginning when Adam attempted to teach his children the principles 
of eternal truth, and Satan came among them and commanded them to believe it not. And we 
read, "Men began from that time forth to be carnal, sensual, and devilish. "280. 39 

Surely we see these indications prevalent in our own land and in foreign lands. Men have 
become carnal. They have become enemies to God. They are seeking for their own 
advancement and not for the advancement of the kingdom of God. Let me call your attention 
to this fact which you, of course, all know, that we are living in the last days, the days of 
trouble, days of wickedness. 

SEEKING PROSPERITY IN "THEIR WORLD." If we are living the religion which the 
Lord has revealed and which we have received, we do not belong to the world. 281. 40 We 
should have no part in all its foolishness. We should not partake of its sins and its errors — 
errors of philosophy and errors of doctrine, errors in regard to government, or whatever 
those errors may be — we have no part in it. The only part we have is the keeping of the 
commandments of God. That is all, being true to every covenant and every obligation that 
we have entered into and taken upon ourselves. 

Brother Spencer W. Kimball in his remarks this morning spoke of a man who could not quite 
understand when he paid his tithing and kept the Word of Wisdom was prayerful, and tried 
to be obedient to all the commandments the Lord had given him, and yet he had to struggle 
to make a living; while his neighbor violated the Sabbath day, I suppose he smoked and 
drank; he had what the world would call a good time, he paid no attention to the teachings of 
our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and yet he prospered. 


You know, we have a great many members of the Church that ponder that over in their hearts 
and wonder why. Why this man seems to be blessed with all the good things of the earth — 
incidentally, many of the bad things that he thinks are good — and yet so many members of 
the Church are struggling, laboring diligently to try to make their way through the world. 

281. 41 

The answer is a simple thing. If I sometimes (and once in a while I do) go to a football game 
or a baseball game or some other place of amusement, invariably I will be surrounded by 
men and women who are puffing on cigarettes or cigars or dirty pipes. It gets very annoying, 
and I get a little disturbed. I will turn to Sister Smith, and I will say something to her, and 
she will say, "Well, now, you know what you have taught me. You are in their world. This is 
their world." And that sort of brings me back to my senses. Yes, we are in their world, but 
we do not have to be of it. 

"THEIR WORLD" WILL SOON END. So, as this is their world we are living in, they 
prosper; but, my good brethren and sisters, their world is coming to its end. It will not be 
many years. I can say that. I do not know how many years, but Elijah said when he bestowed 
his keys, "By this ye may know that the great and dreadful day of the Lord is near, even at 
the doors," 282 42 and I am sure that over a hundred years later I can say that the end of this 
world is drawing to its end. 

The day will come when we will not have this world. It will be changed. We will get a better 
world. We will get one that is righteous, because when Christ comes, he will cleanse the 

Read what is written in our scriptures. Read what he himself has said. When he comes, he 
will cleanse this earth from all its wickedness, and, speaking of the Church, he has said that 
he would send his angels and they would gather out of his kingdom — which is the Church — 
all things that offend.282. 43 Then we are going to have a new earth, a new heaven. The earth 
will be renewed for a thousand years, and there shall be peace; and Christ, whose right it is, 
shall reign. 282. 44 Afterwards will come the death of the earth, its resurrection, its 
glorification, as the abode of the righteous or they who belong to the celestial kingdom, and 
they only shall dwell upon the face of it.282. 45 


CHRISTENDOM WHOLLY APOSTATE IN 1820. When Joseph Smith went in the woods 
to pray, he received a revelation of knowledge, truth, and power, which has been of 
inestimable value and blessing to the world. What was revealed to him there was given for 
the overthrow of false creeds and traditions of the ages and led ultimately to the restoration 
of the everlasting gospel as revealed by our Redeemer during his ministry. 

Lor hundreds of years the world was wrapped in a veil of spiritual darkness, until there was 


not one fundamental truth belonging to the plan of salvation that was not, in the year 1820, 
so obscured by false tradition and ceremonies, borrowed from paganism, as to make it 
unrecognizable; or else it was entirely denied. By heavenly direction and command of our 
Lord Jesus Christ, Joseph Smith restored all these principles in their primitive beauty and 

the year 1820 the Lord revealed to him that all the "Christian" churches were in error, 
teaching for commandments the doctrines of men.283. 46 The religious teachers taught that 
they were in the way of light and truth, notwithstanding their many conflicting creeds. 

Amos said, speaking of the latter days: "Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I 
will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the 
words of the Lord."283 47 Paul said: "For the time will come when they will not endure 
sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having 
itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto 
fables. "283. 48 "Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day [the Second Coming of 
Christ] shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be 
revealed, the son of perdition. "2 83. 49 Again we find Joseph Smith in harmony with the 
Bible truth. 283. 50 

condition of the religious world, which professed to believe in and practice the doctrines of 
the Redeemer, when the Father and the Son appeared to Joseph Smith and instructed him? 
The answer is found in the words of the Lord which are similar to and a fulfilment of the 
prediction by Isaiah: "They draw near to me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me; 
they teach for doctrines the commandments of men, having a form of godliness, but they 
deny the power thereof." 284. 5 1 Some of the leading teachings and practices were as 

1. That God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost are not three personages, but one 
ethereal, immaterial God, unknown and unknowable to man, who fills the immensity of 

2. That the canon of scripture is full and complete, and since the passing of the apostles there 
was to be no more revelation, no opening of the heavens and communications by angels, but 
the people were left to rely on what was written in the Bible or taught by their priests. 

3. That baptism is to cleanse us from "original sin," and that all little children had to be 
"regenerated" by baptism and if not baptized they will perish. 

4. That baptism is an ordinance acceptable to the Lord by sprinkling or pouring water on the 
heads of unbaptized adults or infants. 


5. That men may take upon themselves the authority to be ministers of the word of God, 
without a divine appointment by one duly authorized by Jesus Christ. 

6. That the organization of the Church as established in the days of Jesus Christ and his 
apostles is no longer necessary; there were to be no more apostles, prophets, and gifts of the 

7. That man was not created in the image of God in form, for God is not an anthropomorphic 

8. Other doctrines, such as the necessity for keys for the restoration of Israel, the need of the 
coming of Elijah, as proclaimed in the scriptures, are not necessary. 285. 52 

Nicodemus, "Except a man be bom of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the 
kingdom of God." 285. 53 It must be accepted by all who profess belief in our Savior that this 
edict is tme and final. However, in the centuries which are passed, and even now in many 
so-called Christian communities, a wrong application of this doctrine has led to very serious 
errors and unwittingly to the committing of very grievous sins. I refer to the doctrine which 
proclaims that all who in the flesh have not professed belief in our Lord, or heard of him 
before death removed them from the earth, are forever damned and without means of escape 
from the torments of hell. This false conception and application of gospel truth has been a 
teaching of so-called Christianity from the earliest centuries of our era, but it never was a 
part of the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

DANTE DEPICTS APOSTATE VIEW OF HELL. In his Divine Comedy, Dante depicts the 
doctrine of damnation for unfortunate souls who died without a knowledge of Christ, as that 
doctrine was taught in the 13th century. According to the story, Dante is lost in the woods 
where he is met by the Roman poet, Virgil, who promises to show him the punishment of 
hell and purgatory, and later, he is to have a view of paradise. 

He follows the Roman poet through hell and later into Limbo, which (according to the story) 
is the first circle of hell. Here are confined the souls of those who lived virtuous and 
honorable lives, but because they were not baptized, these souls merit punishment and are 
denied forever the blessings of salvation. As Dante looks upon these miserable souls in the 
upper stratum of hell, and sees, as the story says, "Many and vast, Of men, women and 
infants," he marvels. His guide asks the question, "Inquirest thou not what spirits Are those 
which thou beholdest?" 

Dante, showing a desire to know, the guide continues: "I would thou know, that these of sin 
Were blameless; and if aught they merited, It profits not, since baptism was not theirs, The 
portal of thy faith. If they before The Gospel lived, they served not God aright; And among 

them such am I. For these defects, And for no other evil, we are lost; Only so far afflicted 
that we live Desiring without hope." 


In answer to the earnest inquiry of his mortal guest, who desires to know if any thus 
punished ever had the privilege of coming forth from this sad condition of torment, the 
spirit-poet declares that the righteous, who had known God from our first parents down to 
the time of Christ, have been "to bliss exalted," but of these unfortunates who never heard of 
Christ, he says, "Be thou assured, no spirit of human kind was ever saved."286. 54 

But Dante was not the author of this unfortunate and erroneous doctrine. It had come from 
the earliest days of apostasy from the true teachings of Jesus Christ. . . . What a shame it is 
that this same awful doctrine has come resounding down from that distant day of spiritual 
darkness, and has been made to ring its terrible peal of torment repeatedly in the ears of 
earnest souls who have sought the salvation of loved ones who have gone before. 

APOSTATE DOCTRINE OF PREDESTINATION. The gospel of Christ is the gospel of 
mercy. It is also the the gospel of justice. It must be so, for it comes from a God of mercy, 
not from a cruel monster, who as some religionists still believe and declare: "By the decree 
of God, for the manifestation of his glory some men and angels are predestined unto 
everlasting life, and others fore-ordained to everlasting death. These angels and men, thus 
predestined and fore- ordained, are particularly and unchangeably designed; and their 
number is so certain and definite that it cannot be either increased or diminished. "287. 55 

Is it not horrible to contemplate that gospel truth has been perverted and defiled until it has 
become such an abomination? Justice, as well as mercy, pleads for the dead who have died 
without a knowledge of the gospel. How could justice be administered if all the untold 
multitudes who have died without a knowledge of Jesus Christ should be everlastingly 
consigned, without hope, to the damnation of hell, even if torment be in the first circle of the 
place of the damned? The scriptures say, "Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy 
throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face. "287. 56 The mercy and love of a just God 
are reaching out after all his children. 287. 57 

FALSE EASTER WORSHIP. Today, April 8, 1917, throughout the world, the people of the 
various Christian denominations are assembling in their churches because it is Easter 
Sunday. They have not assembled there because they have faith in the literal resurrection of 
the Lord; they have not assembled there because they believe in the literal resurrection of all 
mankind through the atonement of our Lord, and they have not assembled because they 
accept him as the Son of God. (I want to make honorable exceptions, because there are some 
who have done so, but I speak generally.) 

They have assembled there for a very different purpose — because it is the custom, because 
in many cases, among the sisters, they want to show their millinery and the styles of their 
clothing, their dress. They are there more in the nature of a social function and fashion show 


than to worship the Lord, and I say this notwithstanding the expression that appears in one of 
our morning papers to the effect that anybody who expressed this kind of an idea is cynical 
and expresses a perverted opinion. 

The people of the various nations, who call themselves Christian, today do not worship the 
Lord Jesus Christ as the Redeemer of the world to the extent that they did in the day of the 
organization of the true Church. The doctrines today that prevail are in opposition to that 
truth, and ministers stand before their people denying the atonement of Christ, and hence 
showing their lack of faith in and understanding of the resurrection of the Son of God, and 
denying the universal resurrection which the scriptures promise shall come to all mankind. 
288. 58 


world today, as we have already been informed by a number of the speakers, there is 
commotion and a spirit of unrest; and the people, many of them, feel that it is something to 
their credit to hold radical views, to consider themselves to be progressive, and to make 
attack upon things that have stood and have endured throughout the ages. This tendency is 
not alone in the political world. It is found in the world of education, of religion, of 
government, of business and everywhere. Men are departing from the well worn paths, no 
matter how good they are, and feel that conservatism is a reproach; that it is the duty of man 
to do away with that which is old, or which has been established, and find something that is 

We stand practically alone in the world, yes, absolutely alone in the world, representing the 
truth of the living God, declaring to all men the principles of eternal truth which do not 
change. The gospel of Jesus Christ is not new in the sense in which the world looks upon 
things as being new, for it has endured through the ages, not merely since the days of the 
advent of the Son of God, but from the beginning of the world, for the plan of salvation was 
prepared for the benefit of man, and declared unto him in the beginning. These principles do 
not change; they cannot change; they must endure immutably through all time. 

The Christian world may be divided into two camps — one bitterly opposing the other, one 
calling itself the progressive or modernist division, the other calling itself the fundamentalist 
division. They may think they are founded upon the truth of the gospel as it has been 
established. But we stand for the revelations of God as they have been revealed in this 
dispensation (known as the dispensation of the fulness of times), unchangeable, immutable, 
enduring forever, because they are eternal.289. 59 

instructing and leading astray the people of this and other lands, reject the doctrine of the 
atonement of Christ; they reject the resurrection of the Son of God and consequently the 


resurrection of all mankind. They have discarded entirely the miracles of the scriptures and 
make light of the saving ordinances of the gospel which the Lord declared to be so essential 
to our salvation; and in the stead thereof they have accepted the theories and notions 
advanced by modern scientists which are evidently false, and have taken to their hearts and 
hugged to their bosoms the falsehoods set forth in the theories of evolution and of higher 
criticism of the scriptures. And why have they done this thing? Because the simple truth, 
which is understood by the Spirit of God and not understood and comprehended by the spirit 
of man, does not appeal to their reason. . . . 

REASON: FALSE GOD OF MODERNISTIC APOSTASY. All manner of theory and error 
they teach to the world, declaring that we cannot accept anything, only that which our reason 
teaches us. Therefore, if reason teaches me that baptism is not essential to salvation and it 
teaches you that it is, we are both right, which is a contradiction which cannot be true; and 
unless reason teaches us the same thing and we are agreed, both cannot have the truth and 
we are not in the narrow path, we are not in fellowship with God. 

We must walk in holiness of life, in the light and in the truth, with proper understanding 
which comes through the gift and power of the Holy Ghost which is promised to all who will 
believe unto repentance and receive the words of eternal life. If we are in fellowship with 
this Spirit, then we walk in the light and have fellowship with God. He who is without the 
guiding light of the Spirit of God is in the midst of darkness and cannot with his reason, 
unaided and unenlightened, search and find out God.290. 60 

Clawson this afternoon read to us some views that are expressed today by certain ministers, 
religionists who call themselves modernists, and they appear to be in the ascendency; their 
doctrines are growing and are finding place in the hearts of the people, and the true doctrines 
of Christ and the testimony that Jesus is the Son of God is diminishing, is dying out in the 
world. It may be true, as one divine stated, that the Christian era is at an end, and the Church 
is in the course of dissolution, if he had reference to the so-called Christian churches of the 
day, because their doctrine is spurious; it is not the gospel of Jesus Christ, but a man-made 
system. But Christianity, pure and undefiled, is not in the course of dissolution; it is not 
dying out, it is becoming more firmly rooted in the earth, and must do so, and shall continue 
until it shall fill the earth, for so it has been predicted.290. 61 

However, true Christianity, so far as the latter-days are concerned, is very young, for it has 
only been since the year 1 830 that the Church of Jesus Christ has been organized in the 
earth, and the gospel restored, containing the gifts and the blessings and the graces that 
existed in the Church in primitive days, and that Church with its doctrines of the gospel of 
Christ, shall grow. 291. 62 





things of the world and the enticing influence of the powers of darkness, we (meaning 
Christian people generally) have departed from the strait path which leads to life and which 
our Lord has said few men find because they love darkness rather than light, their deeds 
being evil. 292. 1 We have permitted the philosophies of men, which deny the divinity of 
Jesus Christ and mock at the sacred ordinances of the gospel, to enter into our schools, and 
businesses, and our homes, thus weakening our faith and our reverence for our Creator, We 
have forgotten that man was created in the image of God, that the scriptures declare that we 
are his offspring, and that we are commanded to seek first the kingdom of God and his 
righteousness.292. 2 

We Latter-day Saints have received the restored gospel and have made covenant with the 
Lord that we will serve him and accept him as the God of this land. Nevertheless, I want to 
call your attention to the fact that the ways of the world have crept in among us and are 
becoming established in the midst of the people of Zion. Right here in this city (Salt Lake 
City), which at one time was indeed a city of the saints, but is that no longer, can be found 
all manner of abomination and iniquity. The ideas, theories, the fashions and ungodliness of 
the world, their sins and evil practices are to be found within the borders of our cities. 

our guard we are in constant danger. This people who are under solemn covenants to keep 
the commandments of the Lord are threatened by the sins and worldly abominations of this 
generation, and many among us are liable to be led astray, unless we keep a careful vigil and 
hedge them about by every means at our command. We have been called out from the world 
into the kingdom of God, and while we are yet in the world, we are not of the world in the 
sense that we are under any necessity to partake of their evil customs, and fashions, their 
follies, false doctrines and theories, which are in conflict with the spirit of truth.293. 3 

Today is the Sabbath day, and yet in this city the theatres, moving pictures, and places of 
amusement are running full blast as they are on every Sabbath day throughout the year, 
because of the selfishness of men and their disregard of the command of the Lord to obey his 
law and keep his day holy.293 4 We are inflicted not only with these temptations, but they 
come to us in many other forms, and if we are not aware, there is danger of our losing the 
Spirit of the Lord and falling into transgression by yielding to temptations that may not 
appear to us as being of much consequence. 


But little things lead to greater, and step by step we are carried away from that which is right 
and just, and gradually we become blind to the truth. The Lord has called upon us to be a 
sober- minded people, not given to much laughter, frivolity, and light mindedness, but to 
consider thoughtfully and thoroughly the things of his kingdom that we may be prepared in 
all things to understand the glorious truths of the gospel and be prepared for blessings to 
come. 293. 5 

reflect upon these things that it is perhaps a little more difficult for a man to be righteous 
today than it has been in some other periods of the world's history. I think this because of 
modern conditions with all the temptations and evils that now confront us at every turn. If 
this is the case, then Latter-day Saints should be just a little more prayerful, a little more 
diligent, and seek the Lord just a little more closely, that we might be kept free from all the 
evils that now prevail. The fact that we are baptized and have a standing in good fellowship 
in the Church will not insure for us our salvation. Evils may come upon us, for the Lord has 
said by way of warning, "Therefore let the church take heed and pray always, lest they fall 
into temptation." 294. 6 

LORD FORGOTTEN IN DAY OF PROSPERITY. In the days of our prosperity, when we 
are at peace, when we have the luxuries as well as the necessities of life, there may be a 
tendency on our part to forget the Lord. This seems to be a failing of humanity. We are 
taught this lesson all down through the ages so far as the people of the Lord are concerned, 
as we read of them in the holy scriptures. In Palestine as well as upon this continent, when 
the people were prospered, they forgot the Lord. They turned from him and felt 
self-sufficient, rather than to feel the spirit of humility and to put faith in the Lord and to 
thank him for his blessings. 294. 7 

The crime of ingratitude is one of the most prevalent and I might say at the same time one of 
the greatest with which mankind is afflicted. The more the Lord blesses us the less we love 
him, That is the way men show their gratitude unto the Lord for his mercies and his blessings 
towards them.294. 8 

FOLLOW CHURCH, NOT THE WORLD. A great many of the members of the Church 
evidently do not realize the importance of the blessings we receive in the temples of the 
Lord. I wish we all loved the gospel to the extent that we would be willing to do anything the 
Lord asks of us irrespective of what the world thinks or does. Why can not the Latter-day 
Saints uphold the standards and the regulations of the Church with united effort 
notwithstanding what the world might do or think? With some of us it is the custom to do 
very much as the world does. We dress as the world does. We seek its pleasures; we follow 
its customs; and there is no question in my mind that these things do bring us somewhat in 
conflict with things the Lord has taught and commanded us to do. 295. 9 


FOOLISH BELIEFS EVEN IN CHURCH. We should have some sympathy for people 
taught in the vagaries and foolish traditions of the world, when we discover how tenaciously 
members of the Church cling to foolish notions in spite of all that is written. 295. 10 

the light of truth and then turns away, loses the light which he had, and if he continues in 
that course, eventually he will be bound by the chains of spiritual darkness. Darkness will 
take the place of truth, as the truth becomes gradually dimmed, until he has lost knowledge 
of spiritual things. 295. 1 1 He who walks in the light of truth receives more truth until he is 
glorified in divine truth — the truth that saves. 295. 12 


UNGODLY MEN DEFAME AUTHORITIES OF CHURCH. It is a serious thing for any 
member of this Church to raise his voice against the priesthood, or to hold the priesthood in 
disrespect; for the Lord will not hold such guiltless; so he has promised, and he will fulfil. . . 

It seems to be the heritage of the ungodly, of the bigoted, and of those who love iniquity, to 
sit in judgment and to place themselves as dictators, saying what shall be done and what 
shall be said by the authorities of the Church. They accuse the brethren of all manner of 
iniquity, dissimulation, falsehood, and try to cause a division between them and the people 
over whom they preside. They take unto themselves the prerogative of saying what shall and 
what shall not be the doctrine of the Church, what shall and what shall not be the 
government of the Church, when it concerns them not at all. 

of this class particularly that I desire to refer, but to those members of the Church who have 
entered into the waters of baptism and have made covenants before the Lord that they will 
observe his laws and respect his priesthood, who have been persuaded, or who are in danger 
of being persuaded, by such characters. 

Occasionally, when a man has himself committed sin and has lost the spirit of the gospel, he 
will raise his voice against the actions of the authorities who preside over the Church; he 
will call them in question, sit in judgment upon them and condemn them. I wish to raise a 
warning voice to all such who hold membership in the Church, and say unto them, that they 
had better repent and turn unto the Lord, lest his judgments come upon them, lest they lose 
the faith and be turned from the truth. . . . 

It is a serious thing for a man holding membership in this Church to say in his heart, or 
openly, that these men holding the keys of the kingdom have sinned, when they have not 
sinned and cause dissension, if it is in his power to do so among his brethren. The judgments 
of the Lord will overtake him. He will be brought in question before the Lord, and shall be 


cast out and find his place among the unbelievers; and those who flattered him and 
encouraged him to raise up his heel against his brethren will turn from him and leave him to 
his shame. 297. 13 

WISE LEADERSHIP OF BRETHREN. I wish to testify that God has called these men, that 
he has appointed them, that he has given unto them the revelations of his mind and will, that 
they have the inspiration of his Spirit, that they are teaching and leading this people in truth. 
That is the conviction of every Latter-day Saint who has the gospel at heart. 

What time, since the organization of the Church, have any of the brethren exercising the 
Spirit of the Lord, ever taught this people that which was false? When have they ever said 
unto you that you should do that which was not right; that which would not make you better 
citizens and better members of the kingdom of God? 

You cannot, nor can any man, in righteousness, point to the time when any of them have 
wilfully stated anything that was contrary to the principles of righteousness, or that did not 
tend to make the people better in every way, that did not build them up in their salvation, 
temporally as well as spiritually. . . . 

ABUSE AND EVIL CRITICISM NOT OF GOD. Do not be deceived by those falsifiers, 
those men whose hearts are filled with evil, and who say that the authorities have sinned 
when they have not sinned, who are themselves in the bondage of iniquity and are trying to 
destroy this work. So far as those men are concerned, who try to tear down and destroy, they 
do not preach that which they themselves believe. They do not teach the people that which is 
true or try to show them a better way, instead, they heap abuse upon the heads of the 
authorities of the Latter-day Saints. 

Whenever you find a man who spends his time abusing his neighbors, trying to tear down 
other people, you put it down that that man is not possessed of the Spirit of the Lord. But 
when a man tries to build up, when he tries to show you a better way, even though he be 
deceived, you may know that he is honest; but never the man who tries to tear you to pieces, 
who tries to destroy, without offering you something better in return. Never is such a man 
honest. 298. 14 

TEACH CHILDREN TO SUSTAIN AUTHORITIES. In our homes do we talk before our 
children and criticize the bishop of the ward, or the president of the stake, or one of the 
General Authorities? Do we say things in their presence which ought not to be said? Do we 
make slighting remarks about the principles of the gospel? If we do, we are not bringing up 
our children in light and truth.298. 15 Are we guilty of these little slight offenses in the 
home, and have we been trying to teach our children to do something other than we do 
ourselves? If we do we are making a failure of it. 

In other words, to be frank, do you teach your children that they must not drink tea or coffee, 


and then you do it yourselves? Do the fathers use tobacco, and then try and train their boys 
not to use it? It does not work; you cannot teach one thing and do another. Example is the 
way we teach the gospel.298. 16 


BROAD-MINDEDNESS LEADS TO APOSTASY. I would like for a few minutes to offer a 
few observations in regard to the question of tolerance and broad-mindedness. We hear so 
much in these days about being tolerant and broad-minded. I suppose the world will never 
know how many crimes have been committed through a misinterpretation and 
misunderstanding of these terms. Satan is very broad-minded, extremely so as long as he can 
get people to do evil and avoid the truth. He will teach any kind of theory, or principle, or 
doctrine, if it doesn't conform to the fundamental things of life — the gospel of Jesus Christ. 
He is even willing to teach some truth, if he can join that truth with error, and by teaching 
the error with the truth lead men astray. This is how broad-minded he is, and that is how the 
apostasy came about in the primitive Church. . . . 

TOLERATING UNTRUTH LEADS TO APOSTASY. Tolerance is not indulgence. I think 
sometimes the terms have been confused. We must not get so broad-minded that we would 
throw over the fundamental things of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I heard of one man — and I 
think he filled a mission — who made the statement, as the report comes to me, that in this 
enlightened age the Church of Jesus Christ should get away from the narrow idea that 
baptism for the remission of sins in water is essential to salvation, that we should be broader 
than that. 

Another man, with similar views, made the statement, so the report comes to me, that we 
shall have to cease believing in the anthropomorphic God; we must quit thinking of God as 
being in the form in which man is made. He ridiculed the idea by saying, "Can we worship a 
God who has to eat, who has to sleep, who has to take a bath?" 

Of course, in thinking of God as a person in whose image we are created, we do not 
necessarily have to think of him as having to conform to all the conditions of mortal 
existence to which we, under present conditions, are forced to subscribe. But is there 
anything wrong in thinking of a God who eats? He did eat and has promised to eat again. 
What is wrong in it? He bathes, at least in fire, so he tells us.299. 17 We are his offspring, 
and he has given us commandments to serve him in the name of his only Begotten Son. 

299. 18 

because it has been revealed, that all kingdoms have a law given, and that includes the 
kingdom of God. It is not something that stands apart from all other kingdoms in this regard, 
and he himself has said: "Unto every kingdom is given a law; and unto every law there are 
certain bounds also and conditions, All beings who abide not in those conditions are not 


justified." 300. 19 

The Lord is very tolerant, yet he declares that we are bound by law, and if we violate the law 
we are not justified, and must remain filthy still.300. 20 You might just as well try to destroy 
the law of gravity, or say it is useless, that it has filled its purpose and is worn out, as to say 
that baptism is not essential to salvation. 1 believe in being tolerant, but I believe that 
tolerance will teach me to observe and keep the law and constantly abide in it, and not to 
make excuses for my wrong doing by saying I am broad-minded. . . . 

I am satisfied, and I know that the kingdom of God is governed by a definite, fixed law, that 
cannot be controverted. We cannot change it because we perhaps become modern and say 
we are broad-minded, as some people understand broad-mindedness and tolerance to be. It 
does not change the fact in the least that if we would receive the kingdom of God and enter 
into its exaltation, we must comply with the fundamental truths, the laws upon which that 
kingdom is established. We have them; we are the advocates of these principles; they are in 
our keeping. 

Why, bless your soul, the whole world ought to come to us with songs of everlasting joy, 
singing their hosannas to embrace the truth; but I wonder sometimes if we do not stress a 
little too much the fact that they today are receiving us in kindness. Let us not pat ourselves 
upon the back too much because we have little opposition. I see a danger in it; but let us go 
on keeping the commandments of the Lord in humility and truth, and teaching the people the 
correct principles, drawing them to us by our lives as well as by our precepts. 301. 21 


DANGERS OF PUBLIC DANCE HALLS. I believe that it is necessary for the saints to have 
amusements, but it must be of the proper kind. I do not believe the Lord intends and desires 
that we should pull a long face and look sanctimonious and hypocritical. I think he expects 
us to be happy and of cheerful countenance, but he does not expect of us the indulgence in 
boisterous and unseemly conduct and the seeking after the vain and foolish things which 
amuse and entertain the world. He has commanded us to the contrary for our own good and 
eternal welfare. 

I deplore the fact that these modem dances, some of which had their origin in unsavory 
places, have come among us. I regret beyond measure the public dance which, in my 
judgment, in its baneful results — the destruction of good morals and virtue — is second only 
to the saloon. This evil is growing and taking root in the stakes of Zion, in the communities 
of Latter-day Saints. 

There is today an excess in dancing — in some communities one or two dances each week, 
which is not good no matter how innocent the dance may be. In these public dance halls, 
which are mn for the making of money, the people in some localities, without regard to 


character or standing of the individual, permit anyone to enter without question, if he will 
pay the price of admission. This is an abominable custom and should not be tolerated by 
members of the Church in the settlements under their control. 

I do not believe, I cannot feel, as I read the signs of the times, ponder over things that come 
before me for consideration, that this world is growing better; I do not believe it for a 
minute. I believe that we are drifting. Many things are tolerated today that would not have 
been tolerated for a moment 20 years ago. New problems have arisen with which we must 
now contend that we never dreamed of even in the days of my youth. We have evils in the 
world now to combat that have been brought into existence through modern invention and 
discovery, such as the moving picture show, joy riding in automobiles and the rapid means 
of transportation from place to place as a means of seeking pleasure during the hours of both 
day and night. 

The moving picture should be of the greatest value in the education and instruction of the 
people, and would teach us history, geography and science, to the very best advantage, if 
properly presented, but to the contrary, it is largely controlled by unscrupulous men who 
give to the public a flood of miserable stuff that excites their passions and appeals to the 
baser side of man. 

should protect their children; they should have a little more watchcare over them; they 
should pay a little more attention to them and train them a little more carefully in the 
principles of the gospel, both by precept and by example. Children should not be permitted 
to go unprotected and without proper escort to places of amusement, no matter where or how 
harmless the amusement may be. . . . 

Our children will have to be taught to discern between good and evil, otherwise in many 
respects they will not be able to understand why they are not permitted to indulge in 
practices that are common with their neighbors. Unless they are instructed in the doctrines of 
the Church, they will not, perhaps, understand why there is any harm in the Sunday concert, 
a Sunday theatre, picture show, ball game, or something of that kind, when their playmates, 
without restraint and with encouragement, indulge in these things forbidden of the Lord on 
his holy day. 

The parents are responsible for the proper teaching of their children; the Lord will condemn 
the parents if their children grow up outside of the influence of the principles of the gospel 
of our Lord Jesus Christ. I want to see righteousness prevail throughout Zion. I do not 
believe that it is necessary in the least for us to partake of all the notions and customs of the 
world. We should give our attention a little more seriously to the things of the kingdom of 
God. We are living in the latter-days when, it has been predicted, perilous times would come. 
These perilous times are here, which fact should cause us thoughtful reflection. 3 03. 22 


GOSPEL PERMITS LAUGHTER AND MERRIMENT. We should not get the idea from 
this scripture303. 23 that the Lord is displeased with us when we laugh, when we have 
merriment, if it is on the right occasions. He has said, however, that in our solemn 
assemblies such things as light-mindedness, laughter, and merriment are out of order. We 
should cease from all light speeches, laughter, and wrongful thoughts and desires, from all 
things which will detract from the teachings and the influence of the Spirit of the 
Lord. 303. 24 


CHURCH OFFICIALLY CONDEMNS CARD PLAYING. We have been taught all the days 
of our lives that card playing is not good and is contrary to the order and discipline of the 
Church. The authorities have called upon the people, and it is published in our magazines, to 
refrain from this evil indulgence. Notwithstanding all this, we find among us some who look 
upon card playing as a very harmless pastime. It is not harmless, but very harmful. It shows a 
lack of obedience to the counsels of the Lord on the part of members who indulge in this 
evil, and if nothing more could be said of it, it is at least a most pernicious waste of time that 
could be employed in some better occupation. 

I believe in physical sport, I believe in recreation and amusement of the kind that is 
beneficial to the body and the mind of man, and that play of the proper kind is good and 
ought to be indulged in at times, especially by those whose work is such that they do not get 
the necessary physical exercise required by their bodies. I do not believe in the waste of 
good time in practicing anything which is condemned by the authorities of the Church, as 
they give the counsel as it comes to them through the inspiration of the Spirit of the Lord, 
The Latter-day Saints should put their trust in their leaders and follow the teachings of the 
authorities of the Church, for they speak unto them with the voice of prophecy and 
inspiration.304. 25 

GAMBLING: AN EVIL DISEASE. Nothing good comes out of card games or games of 
chance. There are numerous ways in which we may obtain wholesome amusement and 
recreation which is beneficial to both body and mind. In games where cards are used, usually 
"stakes" are played for, and betting is done. Someone will obtain the "stakes." but no one 
really wins, for the one who obtains the "stakes" has lost part of his manhood which is 
difficult to regain. 

There seems to be an urge in human nature which leads many men and women to seek to 
obtain something for nothing, and many have risked their hard earned sustenance on the altar 
of chance, hoping to win a fortune which they have not earned. There is a lure in all games 
of chance which Satan places before them, and in their greed or selfish desire for gain they 
take the uncertain bait far less innocently than does a fish which grabs the angler's hook. 


The regular standard playing cards are used in gambling games. They are found in 
questionable resorts and gambling dens. Young people who have learned to play the games 
in their own homes or at card clubs with innocent intent too frequently are lured into 
questionable places where gambling prevails. Such games of chance are usually associated 
with cigarettes and beer, and those who indulge in cards acquire also the tobacco and 
drinking evils. 

Card playing becomes a habit just as much as smoking and drinking. I remember a neighbor 
of mine who in his earlier days was addicted to gambling. Later in his life he repented and 
joined the Church. One day before a group of which I was a member, he emphatically 
impressed upon our minds the fact that gambling is a disease which fastens itself so 
tenaciously upon those who indulge that they seldom quit. Its influence upon character is 
just the same as the use of tobacco and strong drink. He advised all to shun all card playing 
and games of chance lest the habit would destroy them. 

games of chance should be avoided as the gate of destruction. All such practices have been 
discountenanced by the authorities of the Church from the beginning of our history. When 
the Mormon Battalion was called into the service of the country, President Brigham Young 
addressed the volunteers and said that he wished them to prove themselves to be the best 
soldiers in the service of the United States. He admonished the captains to be fathers to the 
men in their companies and to manage the officers and men by the power of the priesthood, 
They should keep themselves clean, teach chastity and gentility. There was to be no 
swearing, and no man was to be insulted. They were to avoid contention with Missourians — 
their enemies — and all other persons. They were to take their Bibles and copies of the Book 
of Mormon with them and study them but not impose their beliefs on others. They were to 
avoid card playing, and if they had cards with them, they were to bum them. If they would 
follow this instmction, he promised them that they would not be called on to shed the blood 
of their fellow men. 

JOSEPH F. SMITH CONDEMNS CARD PLAYING. President Joseph F. Smith has given 
this wholesome advice: "While a simple game of cards in itself may be harmless, it is a fact 
that by immoderate repetition it ends in an infatuation for chance schemes, in habits of 
excess, in waste of precious time, in dulling and stupor of the mind, and in the complete 
destmction of religious feeling. These are serious results, evils that should and must be 
avoided by the Latter-day Saints. Then again, there is a grave danger that lurks in persistent 
card playing, which begets the spirit of gambling, of speculation and that awakens the 
dangerous desire to get something for nothing." 

Again: "Card playing is an excessive pleasure; it is intoxicating, and therefore in the nature 
of a vice. It is naturally the companion of the cigarette and the wine glass, and the latter 
leads to the poolroom and the gambling hall. Few men and women indulge in the dangerous 
pastime of the card table without compromising their business affairs and the higher 


responsibilities of life, Tell me what amusements you like best and whether your 
amusements have been a ruling passion in your life, and I will tell you what you are. Few 
indulge frequently in card playing in whose lives it does not become a ruling 
passion."306. 26 

good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man 
out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. 

But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account 
thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words 
thou shalt be condemned. "307. 27 This being true of words that are idle, may we not say that 
idle acts spent in evil practices will merit the same reward? 

This does not mean that the Lord frowns on innocent amusement and the time spent in 
wholesome games, The human body needs relaxation, and this can be obtained in a 
legitimate way. For this purpose, in part, the Mutual Improvement Associations have been 
organized where proper forms of amusement and entertainment may be taught, and thereby 
the body strengthened and the mind quickened and developed. 

hours in the history of the Church, when the weary members were crossing the plains having 
been driven from their homes, the Lord through President Brigham Young said to them: "If 
thou art merry, praise the Lord with singing, with music, with dancing, and with a prayer of 
praise and thanksgiving. If thou art sorrowful, call on the Lord thy God with supplication, 
that your souls may be joyful."307. 28 

The Prophet Joseph Smith engaged in manly sports on the few occasions that came to him. 
President Brigham Young and his brethren built the Salt Lake Theatre and the Social Hall. 
The drama, the dance, and other entertainments were given to the members of the Church, 
and by this means they were edified and strengthened; all such entertainments were opened 
and closed with prayer. The auxiliary organizations encourage athletic contests and sports 
under proper supervision and regulations. Our people are encouraged, not curtailed, in every 
kind of needful recreation and amusement; but all things which the world seeks, leading to 
evil, such as card playing, raffling, and indulging in playing machines of chance, are 
frowned upon as destructive of morals and abiding faith in that which is just and true. 308. 29 


should apostatize, or fall away, and should reject his covenants, to which degree of glory 
will he be relegated? 


It is impossible to state the degree of reward or punishment which shall be measured out in 
each individual case of transgression or apostasy. All do not receive the same light and 
knowledge when they come into the Church, because some are more diligent and faithful 
than others in observing the commandments. Our Savior has given us an excellent 
illustration of this in the parable of the sower.308. 30 Some men receive a thorough 
knowledge and testimony of the truth through faithful diligence and obedience to the gospel. 
The Spirit of the Lord rests upon them and they can truthfully say that they know that Jesus 
is the Christ and Redeemer of the world. Others do not receive such great light and 
testimony, because they are less diligent. They believe that Jesus is the Son of God and 
accept the truth, but do not have a perfect understanding. 

It is possible also that some have come into the Church because the doctrines appeal to them 
as being logical and consistent, but they never exert themselves to get the Spirit of the Lord. 
Others have come into the Church because of ulterior motives, and such never do 
comprehend the light and seldom remain, for disappointment is bound to come when their 
objective is not attained, and they fall away again. 

The Lord declares in one of the revelations: "To some it is given by the Holy Ghost to know 
that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and that he was crucified for the sins of the world. To 
others it is given to believe on their words, that they also might have eternal life if they 
continue faithful. "309. 31 

exception when a person leaves the Church, it is due to transgression. The Spirit of the Lord 
will not dwell in unclean tabernacles, and when the Spirit is withdrawn, darkness supersedes 
the light, and apostasy will follow. This is one of the greatest evidences of the divinity of 
this latter-day work. In other organizations men may commit all manner of sin and still retain 
their membership, because they have no companionship with the Holy Ghost to lose; but in 
the Church when a man sins and continues without repentance, the Spirit is withdrawn, and 
when he is left to himself the adversary takes possession of his mind and he denies the faith. 

It is possible for a man who has received a perfect understanding of the truth and has walked 
in the light of the Holy Spirit to fall away through transgression. But when he turns away, he 
still knows that he once had the light. The Lord has said of such: "All those who know my 
power, and have been made partakers thereof, and suffered themselves through the power of 
the devil to be overcome, and to deny the truth and defy my power — They are they who are 
the sons of perdition, of whom I say that it had been better for them never to have been 
bom." 309. 32 

expect the Lord to measure out this same punishment to the man who departs from the 
Church because of some supposed grievance or misunderstanding, when that man never did 
have a testimony of the gospel and was never led by the spirit of tmth. Yet, such a man bars 


himself, unless he repents, from the celestial kingdom, according to the word of the Lord. 

He had his opportunity and rejected the gift that was presented to him, therefore the reward 
of the faithful shall not be his portion. "He who is not able to abide the law of a celestial 
kingdom cannot abide a celestial glory. And he who cannot abide the law of a terrestrial 
kingdom cannot abide a terrestrial glory. And he who cannot abide the law of a telestial 
kingdom cannot abide a telestial glory; therefore he is not meet for a kingdom of glory. 
Therefore he must abide a kingdom which is not a kingdom of glory."310. 33 All things are 
governed by law, and whosoever is unable or unwilling to abide by the law of any one of 
these kingdoms, cannot be sanctified by the law governing therein, "neither by mercy, 
justice, nor judgment. "3 10. 34 

SEVERITY OF JUDGMENT UPON APOSTATES. The Lord will judge each individual 
case and will assign transgressor to that degree to which each is entitled according to his 
works. If a man only merits a place in the telestial. that will be his reward; if it should be the 
terrestrial, then he shall be admitted to that kingdom. In order to enter the celestial a man 
must be true and faithful to the end, observing all things which the Lord has commanded, 
otherwise he shall be assigned to some other kingdom, or to outer darkness if his sins so 

Let it be remembered, however, that the punishment of the apostate, no matter who he is or 
what degree of knowledge he may have attained, shall be most severe. "Hearken and hear, O 
ye my people, saith the Lord and your God, ye whom I delight to bless with the greatest of 
all blessings, ye that hear me; and ye that hear me not will I curse, that have professed my 
name, with the heaviest of all cursings. "3 10. 35 

It would be well to read in connection with this subject the following: Luke 12:9-10; 2 Peter 
2:19-22; Hebrews 6:4-8; Mosiah 3:24-27; Alma 34:32-35. 310. 36 

GENEALOGIES OF APOSTATES NOT TO BE KEPT. In November, 1832, the Lord said: 
"It is the duty of the Lord's clerk, whom he has appointed, to keep a history, and a general 
church record of all things that transpire in Zion, and of all those who consecrate properties, 
and receive inheritances legally from the bishop; And also their manner of life, their faith, 
and works; and also of the apostates who apostatize after receiving their inheritances. 

"It is contrary to the will and commandment of God that those who receive not their 
inheritance by consecration, agreeable to his law, which he has given, that he may tithe his 
people, to prepare them against the day of vengeance and burning, should have their names 
enrolled with the people of God. Neither is their genealogy to be kept, or to be had where it 
may be found on any of the records or history of the church. Their names shall not be found, 
neither the names of the fathers, nor the names of the children written in the book of the law 
of God, saith the Lord of Hosts." 311. 37 


Those who have received the truth and turned away from it and have rejected it and denied it 
shall be sorry. But I mention this in passing because people are coming constantly to have 
work done in the temples for people of this kind, in spite of all the Lord has said. This is 
worthy of your consideration.3 11.38 

person born under the covenant if excommunicated from the Church? 

When a person is excommunicated from the Church, every blessing is withdrawn and lost, 
and such a person stands just the same as if no ordinances had ever been performed. Should 
such a person later repent and be found worthy to return to the Church then all blessings may 
be restored by and with the approval and authorization of the man who holds the keys — the 
President of the Church. We should remember that all blessings are based upon faithfulness 
and that salvation is an individual matter. We receive according to our works. Members of 
the Church are not saved collectively.312. 39 




FIRST EARTHLY GOVERNMENT A THEOCRACY. I think it stands to reason without 
any argument that he who created all things, including this earth, has the best right to rule 
and reign upon it. But for some 6,000 years, according to our chronology, with few 
exceptions among a minority of the people, the Son of God, who performed this great labor 
and who had this honor and whose right it is to reign, has not done so among the peoples of 
the earth. On the contrary men have turned from him and have set up their own rulers, have 
organized their own governments and have enacted very largely their own laws, ignoring 
both the Creator as the rightful ruler and the commandments which he originally gave to the 
children of men. 

The first government upon this earth was a theocracy. It was a government in which God 
ruled by giving his commandments and his laws to the children of men. He directed by 
revelation, in some instances by messengers direct from his presence, in others by speaking 
from time to time through his servants who held the priesthood; he directed them not only in 
regard to matters of a spiritual nature but also pertaining to their civil welfare. It was the 
intention of the Lord that this should continue. If man had been willing to hearken to the 
voice of the Lord and walk according to his commandments, as those commandments were 

given in the beginning even unto this day, this world would have seen peace, and 
righteousness would have prevailed upon its face. 


When Adam was driven out of the Garden of Eden, he was not left without direction, but the 
Lord sent messengers to him and even spoke to him by his own voice. Although Adam had 
been driven from his presence and he could not behold him, yet he received commandments 
and revelation for his guidance. 3 14. 1 

GOVERNMENT OF GOD LOST TO MEN. Now if their sons and daughters had been 
obedient as Adam and Eve were obedient, if their posterity after them had continued in 
obedience, then I say peace and righteousness, which are the natural result of obedience, 
would have continued in the earth until this time. But there were other influences at work. 

The influence of Satan has been felt in this world for 6,000 years. It is being felt today. As a 
result of Adam's children hearkening to the voice of Lucifer and following him, governments 
were established in the earth which were not under the direction of revelation. Nor did they 
hearken to the commandments of the Lord, Men arose and usurped the right to rule and 
reign. They ignored the mandates and the rights and privileges of him whose right it is to 
rule and reign, and as men spread upon the face of the earth they forgot God. 

The result has been wickedness, strife, unrest, and contention, with all their attendant evils. 
And so we find the world today. The world is sick and has been sick during its mortal 
history, but today we are living in very troublous times. The hearts of men are failing them, 
Selfishness, unrighteousness, the desire to possess, to take advantage, and withal the fear 
that accompanies evil are found in the hearts of men.314. 2 

kingdom of God, neither is England, Germany, or France. Take all of the nations put 
together, they do not constitute the kingdom of God, but are only man-made worldly 
governments. Notwithstanding the Father raised up righteous men and directed them in the 
framing of this government and in giving the people the Constitution of the United States, it 
is not the government of God. 315. 3 Like all the rest, it is a man- made governments 15. 4 
and we will not have the government of God until Christ comes to reign, and when he comes 
he is going to be King of kings. He is going to take his rightful place. 315. 5 

Satan has control now. No matter where you look, he is in control, even in our own land. He 
is guiding the governments as far as the Lord will permit him. That is why there is so much 
strife, turmoil, and confusion all over the earth. One master mind is governing the nations. It 
is not the President of the United States; it is not Hitler; it is not Mussolini; it is not the king 
or government of England or any other land; it is Satan himself. 

WORLD TURMOIL BY SATAN. What does the Lord say in the 1st section of the Doctrine 
and Covenants: "The hour is not yet [this was over 100 years ago], but is nigh at hand, when 


peace shall be taken from the earth, and the devil shall have power over his own dominion." 
315. 6 

Well, Satan certainly has dominion over his own, for his is the power of confusion, strife, 
bitterness, and class distinction. His is the power of delusion and not one of peace and 
righteousness. Where can righteousness be found in the world? In Europe, in Asia, in the 
United States? I say unto you, you are not going to have peace in the United States or 
anywhere in the world until the Prince of Peace comes to bring it. 

Men have taken the law in their own hands, have defied law and order. When strikes are 
settled in one place, they will break out in another. Why? Because Satan has power over his 
own dominions, and even among our legislators and the men sworn to preserve the 
Constitution, we find those who encourage this lawlessness and lend to it their support. This 
condition does not come out of the kingdom of God. These things will increase until the 
prophecies will all be fulfilled, and eventually the earth will be cleansed, and Christ will 
come as King of kings. 316. 7 

LACK OF CHRISTIANITY AMONG NATIONS. It seems a shame that billions in money 
have to be spent and extra burdens be placed upon the backs of the people in order that 
nations may protect themselves, fearing attack of other nations, and that men cannot live 
together in this world in peace. The United States is considered to be, or has been in the past, 
a Christian nation. So likewise are the nations of Europe. Yet we find this condition 
prevailing: fear in the hearts of the people, nation preparing against nation; struggles have 

We have seen the distress in years gone by that has come out of disagreements and 
selfishness and greed and determination of nations unrighteously to succeed in unrighteous 
desires. If they were really Christian nations, if they were truly worshiping the Lord Jesus 
Christ, if they believed in his doctrines, if they were applying them, these conditions would 
not prevail. 316. 8 

ANARCHY AND TROUBLE AHEAD. Notwithstanding all the warnings the Lord has 
given us, we are rushing madly, headstrong, to destruction, preparing ourselves if you please 
for the burning. Do not think that the Lord does not mean what he says, for that which was 
predicted by ancient prophets, and which has been repeated in latter-day revelations shall be 
fulfilled. 316. 9 

The Lord said through Isaiah that, "The earth moumeth and fadeth away," and because of the 
wickedness of the world it should be "burned, and few men left." 316. 10 This prediction was 
repeated by the Prophet Malachi, as you read it in the last chapter of that book. 316. 11 

So I say I am troubled; I am concerned over this nation; I am concerned over the nations, 
because of the wickedness of the people. I can see evil in the trend of the times. I can see 


anarchy ahead of us. If we are going to permit men, in organized form, to desecrate the 
sacredness of the laws of this country and the Constitution of this country; if we are going to 
permit them, in the spirit of anarchy, to take possession of that which does not belong to 
them, without protest, we are going to reap the whirlwind, just as surely as we live. 

GOVERNMENT IS BASED ON RELIGION. I have here something that is just as good as 
scripture, written by President Calvin Coolidge; I am going to read it to you: "Our 
government rests upon religion. It is from that source that we derive our reverence for truth 
and justice, for equality and liberality, and for the rights of mankind. Unless the people 
believe in these principles they cannot believe in our government. There are only two main 
theories of government in the world. One rests on righteousness and the other on force. One 
appeals to reason, and the other appeals to the sword. One is exemplified in the republic, the 
other is represented by a despotism. 

"The government of a country never gets ahead of the religion of a country. There is no way 
by which we can substitute the authority of law for the virtue of man. Of course we endeavor 
to restrain the vicious, and furnish a fair degree of security and protection by legislation and 
police control, but the real reform which society in these days is seeking will come as a 
result of our religious convictions, or they will not come at all. Peace, justice, humanity, 
charity — these cannot be legislated into being. They are the result of divine grace." 

Well, words like that, I believe, are spoken by inspiration. This is a warning to the people of 
this nation, coming from a former president of the United States. It is in full harmony with 
the word of the Lord in the Book of Ether in the Book of Mormon, in regard to this land. 

318 . 12 We cannot get away from the God of this land, without dire consequences following. 
318 . 13 


GOVERNMENTS ACCOUNTABLE TO GOD. Governments are like individuals in this: 
they will have to give an accounting unto the Lord. The Lord requires of every man that he 
will answer for his sins. Every man must stand to be judged according to his works, and the 
Lord will also judge the nations according to their works, While it is a fact that men have 
turned from the Lord and have established their own governments, yet the Lord has never 
surrendered his rights, has never wholly withdrawn and relinquished his rule and given over 
to the government of men the ruling of his earth without an accounting. He controls and 
directs, and he lets men go just as far as in his wisdom he desires they shall, and then he 
checks them. 

the Spirit of God and the direct communication from him and direction which he is willing to 
give if they are repentant, have always proved themselves incompetent to rule, That is true 
today. If we had righteous government, we would have peace. One righteous man cannot 


make a people righteous. In order that righteousness may come, there must be obedience to 
righteous laws on the part of the people. 

In our own land wickedness, murder, all kinds of abominations prevail today among the 
people. And as it is here so it is in other lands everywhere upon the face of the earth, and that 
government which the Lord set up in the beginning is ignored. In fact, in a very large part of 
the history of the world it has not been found among the children of men. 

The Lord has been under the necessity from time to time of withdrawing his priesthood from 
the earth, from among the children of men. He has been under the necessity of taking away 
his prophets and his righteous servants and leaving the people to themselves because of their 
wickedness, and they have groped in darkness, wandering without the guidance which they 
so greatly needed to bring them into paths of righteousness. 319. 14 

PERFECT GOVERNMENT BASED ON LOVE OF GOD. So it has been in the history of 
this world with few exceptions. There have been times when certain peoples of the earth 
have been willing to listen to the voice of God, when they have had among them prophets to 
teach them, when they have been directed by constant revelation, when their hearts have 
been set upon righteousness, and one condition of that kind we read of very briefly in the 
Bible. But there are very few sentences recorded regarding it. It was during the time of 
Enoch. So righteous did his people become that the Lord took them from the earth.319. 15 

Upon this continent there was another time of peace and righteousness that prevailed when 
people were willing to listen to the voice of the Lord. We do not know just how far this 
influence and this righteousness has prevailed among other peoples from the beginning, 
because our history is so brief. But upon this continent, for 200 years following the 
crucifixion of our Redeemer, the people lived in this state of righteousness. 

I wish to read to you what the prophet who wrote the history of that people has to say 
regarding those conditions: "And it came to pass that there was no contention in the land, 
because of the love of God which did dwell in the hearts of the people. And there were no 
envyings, nor strifes, nor tumults, nor whoredoms, nor lyings, nor murders, nor any manner 
of lasciviousness; and surely there could not be a happier people among all the people who 
had been created by the hand of God. There were no robbers, nor murderers, neither were 
there Lamanites, nor any manner of -ites; but they were in one, the children of Christ, and 
heirs to the kingdom of God." 320. 16 

What a glorious time that must have been when everybody was happy, when everybody was 
at peace, when everyone loved his neighbor as himself, and above all he loved God, because 
we are informed here that the thing which brought about this condition of happiness was the 
fact that the love of God was in the hearts of the people. There never will be a time of peace, 
happiness, justice tempered by mercy, when all men will receive that which is their right and 
privilege to receive, until they get in their hearts the love of God. 


land is concerned, the Lord has said that no people can dwell upon it without destruction 
coming to them if they permit themselves to turn from the living God, and this destruction 
will come when their hearts are filled with wickedness and their cup of iniquity is 
overflowing. 320. 17 They must serve him; they will have to keep his commandments; at 
least they will have to have some semblance of righteousness or when the fulness of 
wickedness comes, he certainly will remove them. That has been done in the past. It 
occurred, as recorded, in the Book of Mormon, with two nations that were swept off the face 
of this land;320. 18 and according to the revelations given through the Prophet Joseph Smith 
with one other nation, or perhaps more than one nation before that time, for the Lord swept 
the people from the face of the earth by the flood.320. 19 

Then this land was reinhabited. The Lord brought people here and gave them this precious 
land, a land that he said was choice above all other lands, and he said they could have it for 
their inheritance on conditions that they would serve him, but, when they turned from him 
and became wicked, they were destroyed. Another nation came with like instructions, and 
when their cup of iniquity was full, they too were destroyed. 

This warning has gone out to the people dwelling in this land today that unless they keep the 
commandments of the Lord like destruction will eventually overtake them. 321. 20 And what 
the Lord says of this land is also true in a large measure of other lands. History records the 
rise and the downfall of nations. We have before us the history of Babylon, of Assyria, of 
Egypt, of Rome, and other nations. Why were they destroyed? Because they refused to 
hearken to the spirit of truth, to the voice of righteousness, and to walk in that spirit before 
the Lord. In the days of their iniquity trouble came upon them, and the Lord's anger was 
kindled against them, and they fell from their high and exalted positions.321. 21 


scripture from the Book of Mormon are true;321. 22 this nation is not exempt, and the 
people, if they continue to pursue the course of evil and ungodliness that they are now 
treading, shall eventually be punished. If they continue to disregard the warning voice of the 
Lord, deny their Redeemer, turn from his gospel unto fables and false theories, and rebel 
against all that he has through his servants in this day declared for the salvation of man; and 
if they increase in the practice of iniquity, I want to say to you, that if they do these things, 
the judgments of the Lord will come upon this land, and this nation will not be saved; we 
will not be spared from war, from famine, from pestilence and finally from destruction, as a 

Therefore, I call upon the people not only Latter-day Saints, but to all throughout the whole 
land to repent of their sins and to accept the Lord Jesus Christ, who is our Redeemer and the 


God of this land. Turn from your evil ways, repent of your sins and receive the fulness of the 
gospel through the waters of baptism and obedience, that the judgments which shall be 
poured out upon the ungodly may pass you by.322. 23 

AMERICA: A LAND OF PROMISE AND REFUGE. America is not only a land of promise 
reserved for a righteous people, but it is also a land of refuge for the downtrodden and 
oppressed. The Puritans came here seeking religious freedom when oppression raged in the 
old world. The same is true of earlier colonies. The Jaredites came seeking a land of 
freedom. The Nephites came out of Jerusalem because the Lord had called them from a land 
of sin and bondage whose people were about to go into captivity as a punishment. 

There was also another colony which came to this land of promise from Jerusalem at the 
time Nebuchadnezzar was waging war on the Jews. This colony was also led by the hand of 
the Lord. We know very little of their journeyings, how they came and the number in their 
company, for they had no records. We have learned, however, that they brought with them 
the youngest son of Zedekiah, king Judah. 

The Bible states that the sons of Zedekiah were slain before his eyes, and then the 
Babylonians put out his eyes and carried him in fetters into Babylon. 322. 24 Mulek, son of 
Zedekiah, was spared by the power of the Lord and with other fugitives was directed across 
the "great waters" to this land. Here they multiplied, but without religious teachings. It was 
this people who discovered Coriantumr, the Jaredite, who lived with them for nine months 
before his death. 323. 25 These Mulekites were later discovered by the Nephites and the two 
people became one, the Mulekites being known henceforth as Nephites, sharing with them in 
the blessings of their faith. 

In brief, such is the story told in the Book of Mormon of the ancient inhabitants of America. 
They were highly civilized. They worshiped the true and living God, in a land which is 
dedicated to his worship and held in reserve for a righteous people, until they became 
confirmed transgressors. Let the Gentiles upon this land heed the warning and serve Jesus 
Christ, lest destruction also come upon them, for it has been prophesied that the present 
inhabitants if they turn from the worship of the true and living God shall bring down upon 
them the same destruction, "as the inhabitants of the land have hitherto done. "323. 26 

JAREDITES: COVENANT PEOPLE OF THE LORD. On this land the Jaredites multiplied 
and prospered, sinned and were punished, repented and were forgiven — during a long period 
of years. They had among them men holding the priesthood and a Church organization. The 
Lord established his covenants with them as he did with Abraham and Israel. They built 
cities and became skilful and cunning workmen in gold and silver, in weaving textiles and in 
the cultivation of the soil. They spread over the whole face of the land and were an 
intelligent people with a written language and a thorough knowledge of the coming of Jesus 


Eventually through sin their civilization crumbled. They killed their prophets. Plague and 
constant warfare decimated them until eventually they were entirely destroyed. Their last 
king, Coriantumr, lived to see another people come to possess the land which he and his 
people had lost through transgression, in fulfilment of the prediction of their first prophet, 
Mahonri Moriancumer: 

"Whatsoever nation shall possess it [this land] shall serve God. or they shall be swept off 
when the fulness of his wrath shall come upon them." 324. 27 

LORD SETTLED MODERN AMERICA. In looking over the early history of the United 
States, one cannot help but see the truth of the words of the Apostle Paul that, "the powers 
that be are ordained of God. "324. 28 1 firmly believe that through the inspiration of the Lord 
the first settlers of America were moved upon to take up their journey from the old world 
and make their homes in this land of freedom. Generally they were of humble birth, yet 
honest, industrious and brave; men. such as the Lord would choose to cope with the many 
problems which are always to be met and overcome in the settlement of a new country or in 
the framing of a new nation. 3 24. 29 


greatly blessed than has the United States. We live in a land which has been called choice 
above all other lands by divine pronouncement. The Lord has watched over it with a jealous 
care and has commanded its people to serve him lest his wrath be kindled against them and 
his blessings be withdrawn. 

Our government came into existence through divine guidance. The inspiration of the Lord 
rested upon the patriots who established it, inspired them through the dark days of their 
struggle for independence, and through the critical period which followed that struggle when 
they framed our glorious Constitution which guarantees to all the self-evident truth 
proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence, "that all men are created equal; that they are 
endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, 
and the pursuit of happiness." 

That is to say, it is the right of every soul to have equal and unrestricted justice before the 
law, equal rights to worship according to the dictates of conscience and to labor according to 
his individual inclinations, independently of coercion or compulsion. That this might be, the 
Lord has said, "I established the Constitution of this land, by the hands of wise men whom I 
raised up unto this very purpose, and redeemed the land by the shedding of blood." 325. 30 

were men of humble faith. Many of them saw in vision a glorious destiny for our 
government, provided we would faithfully continue in the path of justice and right with 


contrite spirits and humble hearts, accepting the divine truths which are found in the holy 
scriptures. The appeal of these men has echoed down the passing years with prophetic 
warning to the succeeding generations, pleading with them to be true to all these standards 
which lay at the foundation of our government. 

This country was founded as a Christian nation, with the acceptance of Jesus Christ as the 
Redeemer of the world. It was predicted by a prophet of old that this land would be a land of 
liberty and it would be fortified against all other nations as long as its inhabitants would 
serve Jesus Christ; but should they stray from the Son of God, it would cease to be a land of 
liberty and his anger be kindled against them.325. 3 1 

It is a sad reflection, but one that cannot be successfully refuted, that we have forgotten the 
admonition which has come down to us, just as Israel forgot the commandments which 
would have blessed that nation in the land of Canaan forever had they been observed. 325. 32 
In forsaking these laws we stand in danger of punishment as the people of Israel stood in 
danger of punishment because they forsook the Lord and failed to repent and accept the 
warnings of their prophets. 326. 33 

CONSTITUTION TO HANG BY A THREAD. The statement has been made that the 
Prophet said the time would come when this Constitution would hang as by a thread, and this 
is true. There has been some confusion, however, as to just what he said following this. I 
think that Elder Orson Hyde has given us a correct interpretation wherein he says that the 
Prophet said the Constitution would be in danger. 

Said Orson Hyde: "I believe he said something like this — that the time would come when 
the Constitution and the country would be in danger of an overthrow; and said he: 'If the 
Constitution be saved at all, it will be by the elders of this Church.' I believe this is about the 
language, as nearly as I can recollect it."326. 34 

Now I tell you it is time the people of the United States were waking up with the 
understanding that if they don't save the Constitution from the dangers that threaten it, we 
will have a change of govemment.326. 35 





PERSECUTION ENDURED FOR GOSPEL'S SAKE. I have visited most Of the scenes of 
early Church history. I have gone over a good part of the trail which the saints followed 
when they came to these valleys. I have reflected a good deal upon these scenes, the travels, 
the hardships, the travails, and suffering and persecutions of these early days; and as I have 
stood in these hallowed spots and have traversed some of the territory which they passed 
over, my heart has been touched, but I have realized that it is beyond my power to 
understand and perhaps to feel all that these good faithful souls endured — and all for the 
sake of the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

its beginning in New York. Persecution came upon the saints from the beginning, and they 
were driven out. The Lord gave them a commandment to assemble in Ohio. 327. 2 They 
established their headquarters at Kirtland in that state. No doubt they had no intention of 
leaving when they first went there, but the Lord revealed to them that there was another 
place, the place which he called Zion, on the borders of the Lamanites,327. 3 and so their 
hearts were turned to that place; however, they never had intended to forsake altogether their 
headquarters in Kirtland, but persecution came upon them, and they were forced out. 

With rejoicing they assembled in large measure in Jackson County where it had been made 
known to them that the great city, the new Jerusalem or Zion would be built, 328 4 and they 
rejoiced over it, but they were not privileged to remain there. Their enemies came upon them 
with hatred and bitterness in their hearts and drove them out. 

They moved to another part of the state of Missouri and there again intended and tried to 
establish themselves, but persecution still followed them, and the hatred of the officials in 
that state resulted in their banishment and an edict coming from the governor of that state 
that they would have to leave or be exterminated. They went back eastward, crossed the 
great river, and made their settlement at Nauvoo, in the state of Illinois. For a season they 
prospered but not without persecution, not without hatred, and finally that hatred reached its 
peak, and their Prophet and his brother, my grandfather, were martyred.328. 5 

HARDSHIPS OF THE WESTWARD TREK. Their enemies thought that would be the end 
of the Church. The papers so declared it. Their enemies rejoiced, but it did not bring the end. 
Still the Church grew. So also grew the animosity and the hatred of their enemies, and finally 
the saints were driven from their homes, robbed of practically all that they possessed and 
thus set upon their journey to this western land, destitute, in poverty, and the world said they 
had gone to their destruction, and rejoiced. 

I tell you, my brethren and sisters, we do not realize all that they went through — their 
hardships, their sufferings, the persecutions, the murders, the drivings that came upon them 
before they started on their westward journey -- and they arrived in this valley rejoicing. 

328. 6 It was President George A. Smith who was responsible for the statement that they 
came here of their own free will and choice -- because they had to; and that is true. 


They crossed the plains, many of them pushing handcarts, containing the meager possessions 
which they had. They traveled the weary miles with sore and bleeding feet, through 
hardships and suffering which we do not understand, and arrived in this valley of the Salt 
Lake, and were grateful to the Lord that he had preserved their lives and brought them to a 
place of peace where they could worship; and all this, if you please, because they loved the 
truth. . . . 

ARE WE WORTHY OF OUR PIONEER HERITAGE? Now I have been thinking, as I have 
thought many times in the past, of this great legacy which is ours, the great blessings which 
have come to us, built upon the foundation of persecution, death, hardships, men and women 
laying down their lives that we might dwell in this land in peace and safety; and how do we 
feel today about it? Do we keep the Sabbath day holy? Do we pray? Are we grateful in our 
souls for all that has been done for us by these sturdy people who loved the truth and came 
here that they might worship God according to the dictates of their consciences? How do we 

When I see reports of conditions in this state and surrounding states where Latter-day Saints 
dwell, the amount of liquor that is consumed, and tobacco that is consumed, and tea and 
coffee and other things destructive of health, and contrary to the commandments of the Lord, 
when I see the people violating the Sabbath day and committing all other kinds of sins 
contrary to that which they have been taught, I wonder if the Lord is pleased with us. 329. 7 


ZION TO FLOURISH UPON THE HILLS. The foreshadowing of this exodus is seen in a 
revelation to the Church as early as December, 1830, wherein we read: Keep all the 
commandments and covenants by which ye are bound; and I will cause the heavens to shake 
for your good, and Satan shall tremble and Zion shall rejoice upon the hills and flourish." 

330. 8 

Again in March, 1 83 1, in a revelation it is written: "But before the great day of the Lord 
shall come, Jacob shall flourish in the wilderness, and the Lamanites shall blossom as the 
rose. Zion shall flourish upon the hills and rejoice upon the mountains, and shall be 
assembled together unto the place which I have appointed. "330. 9 

significance of these sayings did not penetrate the minds of the members of the Church at 
that time, but in 1842, when Nauvoo was only about three years old, the Prophet Joseph 
Smith recorded in the history, under date of August 6th, the following: "I prophesied that the 
saints would continue to suffer much affliction, and would be driven to the Rocky 
Mountains, many would apostatize, others would be put to death by persecutors, or lose their 
lives in consequence of exposure or disease, and some of you will live to go and assist in 


making settlements and build cities, and see the saints become a mighty people in the midst 
of the Rocky Mountains." 330. 10 

Without question this exodus was constantly in the mind of Joseph Smith, although the 
members of the Church failed to comprehend the significance of his words in the midst of 
their surroundings. Perhaps many of them shared the thought expressed by Senator George 
H. McDuffie of South Carolina, who as late as 1 843 when speaking of the occupancy of the 
western slope said on the floor of the United States Senate: 

"Who are to go there, along the line of military posts, and take possession of the only part of 
the territory fit to occupy -- that part upon the sea coast, a strip less than 100 miles in width? 
Why, sir, of what use will this be for agricultural purposes? I would not for that purpose give 
a pinch of snuff for the whole territory. I wish to God we did not own it." 331. 11 

persecution raged against the saints, a meeting was called by Joseph Smith to consider the 
exploration of the west. Me records in his journal under date of February 20, 1844, the 

"At 10 a.m. went to my office, where the Twelve Apostles and some others met in council 
with Brothers Mitchell Curtis and Stephen Curtis, who left the pinery on Black River, 1 st 
January. They were sent by Lyman Wight and Bishop Miller to know whether Lyman should 
preach to the Indians, the Menominees and the Chippewas having requested it. . . . 

"I instructed the Twelve Apostles to send out a delegation and investigate the locations of 
California and Oregon, and hunt out a good location, where we can remove to after the 
Temple is completed, and where we can build a city in a day, and have a government of our 
own — get up into the mountains where the devil cannot dig us out, and live in a healthful 
climate where we can live as long as we have a mind to."331. 12 

Then under date of Wednesday, February 21, 1844, the Prophet records: "Council of the 
Twelve met in my office. I insert the minutes: 'At a meeting of the Twelve at the Mayor's 
office, Nauvoo, February 21, 1844, 7 o'clock p.m., Brigham Young, Parley P. Pratt, Orson 
Pratt, Wilford Woodruff, John Taylor, George A. Smith, Willard Richards and four others 
being present, called by previous notice by instruction of President Joseph Smith on the 20th 
instant, for the purpose of selecting a company to explore Oregon and California, and select 
a site for a new city for the saints. Jonathan Dunham, Phineas H. Young, David D. Yearsley, 
and David Fullmer volunteered to go; and Alphonso Young, James Emmett, George D. Watt, 
and Daniel Spencer were requested to go. Voted, the above persons to be notified to meet 
with the council on Friday evening next at the assembly room. — Willard Richards, 
clerk.'"332. 13 

PROPHET'S INSTRUCTIONS TO EXPLORING PARTY. Friday, February 23, the minutes 


say: "Met with the Twelve in the assembly room concerning the Oregon and California 
exploring expedition; Hyrum and Sidney present. I told them I wanted an exploration of all 
that mountain country. Perhaps it would be best to go direct to Santa Fe. 'Send twenty-five 
men; let them preach the gospel wherever they go. Let that man go that can raise $500, a 
good horse and mule, a double barrel gun, one barrel rifle and the other smoothbore, a saddle 
and a bridle, a pair of revolving pistols, bowie knife, and a good sabre. Appoint a leader and 
let them beat up for volunteers. I want every one that goes to be a king and a priest. When he 
gets to the mountains he may want to talk with his God; when with the savage nations have 
power to govern, etc. If we don't get volunteers, wait till after the election.' George D. Watt 
said: 'Gentlemen, I shall go.' Samuel Bent, Joseph A. Kelting, David Fullmer, James Emmett, 
Daniel Spencer, Samuel Rolf, Daniel Avery, and Samuel W. Richards, volunteered to 
go. "332. 14 

It should be understood that California and Oregon as comprehended at that time embraced 
all of this country where we now are in the western part of the Rocky Mountains. It was not 
the Prophet's intention that they should go down to the coast, and his remarks clearly so 
indicate, for these explorers were to explore the Rocky Mountains and there seek a site for 
the building of a city. At that time Santa Fe was the logical point from which to make such a 
start in this exploration of the west, 

brethren called at the home of Joseph Smith and volunteered to join this expedition, and the 
following day he preached at the temple block where he prophesied that "Within five years 
we should be out of the power of our old enemies, whether they were apostates or of the 
world, and told the brethren to record it, and when it comes to pass they need not say they 
had forgotten the saying." 333. 15 

During the week following, Ira S. Miles, Almon L. Fuller, Hosea Stout, Thomas S. Edwards, 
Moses Smith, Rufus Beach and others volunteered to go on this expedition. Monday, March 
4, 1844, Joseph Smith wrote a letter to James Arlington Bennett of New York in which he 
said: "All is right at Nauvoo. We are now fitting out a noble company to explore Oregon and 
California, and progressing rapidly with the great temple which we expect to roof this 
season." 333. 16 

week later, March 1 1 , the Prophet spent the day in council with the Twelve and others, 
principally the volunteers of this exploration company, where matters concerning the 
expedition were considered; and on the 26th of that same month, Joseph Smith addressed a 
memorial to the Congress of the United States, asking for authority to raise a company of 
100,000 men in the United States, to proceed to the west in the neighborhood of Oregon and 
California, for the purpose of opening "The vast regions of the unpeopled West and South to 
our enlightened and enterprising yeomanry; to protect them in their researches; to secure 
them in their locations, and thus strengthen the government and enlarge her border; to extend 


her influence; to inspire the nations with the spirit of freedom, and win them to her standard; 

. . . to supersede the necessity of a standing army on our western and southern frontiers; to 
create and maintain the principles of peace and suppress mobs, insurrections, and opposition 
in Oregon and all lands bordering upon the United States and not incorporated into any 
acknowledged national government; to explore the unexplored regions of our continent; to 
open new fields for enterprise for our citizens and protect them therein, ... and exalt the 
standard of universal peace. "334. 17 

Orson Hyde was appointed to carry the memorial to Washington, This appointment appeared 
on the record of the city council minutes, with the seal of the corporation, signed by Joseph 
Smith, mayor, and Willard Richards, recorder. April 25, 1844, Orson Hyde made a lengthy 
report of his labors in Washington. Orson Pratt was with him, and they drafted a bill to be 
presented to Congress in which they said their general course would be westward, through 
Iowa to the Missouri River, thence up the "North Fork of the Platte into the mouth of the 
Sweetwater River in longitude 1 07 degrees, 45 minutes west, and thence up said Sweetwater 
River to the south pass of the Rocky Mountains about 1100 miles from Nauvoo; and from 
said south pass, in latitude 42 degrees, 28 minutes, north to the Umpaqua and Klamet 
Valleys in Oregon bordering on California." 334. 18 

was preparing for the journey to the west, the difficulties arose in Nauvoo which culminated 
in the seizure of the Prophet and his brother Hyrum, and their imprisonment in Carthage, 
Illinois, in June. Before the Prophet surrendered and yielded to the demands of his accusers 
and the leaders of what later became the mob which took his life, he crossed the Mississippi 
River at Nauvoo, with his brother Hyrum, Porter Rockwell, and Willard Richards, with the 
intention of preceding the exploring company to the west. This action was taken on the 
grounds that it was Joseph Smith whose blood the mob desired, and if he were out of the 
way, peace would be restored. 

The minutes of these trying scenes are as follows: "Saturday, June 22, 1844. — About 9 p.m. 
Hyrum came out of the Mansion and gave his hand to Reynolds Cahoon, at the same time 
saying, 'A company of men are seeking to kill my brother Joseph, and the Lord has warned 
him to flee to the Rocky Mountain to save his life. Good-bye. Brother Cahoon, we shall see 
you again. In a few minutes afterwards Joseph came from his family. His tears were flowing 
fast. Me held a handkerchief to his face and followed after Brother Hyrum without uttering a 

"Between 9 and 10 p.m. Joseph, Hyrum, and Willard while waiting on the bank of the river 
for the skiff, sent for William W. Phelps, and instructed him to take their families to 
Cincinnati by the second steamboat arriving at Nauvoo; and when he arrived there 
commence petitioning the President of the United States and Congress for redress of 
grievances, and see if they would grant the Church liberty and equal rights. . . . 


"About midnight, Joseph, Hyrum, and Dr. Richards called for Orrin P. Rockwell at his 
lodgings, and all went up the river bank until they found Aaron Johnson's boat, which they 
got into and started about 2 a.m. to cross the Mississippi River. Orrin P. Rockwell rowed the 
skiff, which was very leaky, so that it kept Joseph, Hyrum, and the doctor busy bailing out 
the water with their boots and shoes to prevent it from sinking. 

daybreak arrived on the Iowa side of the river. Sent Orrin P. Rockwell back to Nauvoo with 
instructions to return next night with horses for Joseph and Hyrum, pass them over the river 
in the night secretly, and be ready to start for the Great Basin in the Rocky Mountains. . . . 

"At 1 p.m. (Sunday 23rd) Orrin P. Rockwell returned from Nauvoo with a petition from 
some of the citizens requesting him to come back. It was said that these were saying that it 
was like the fable, when the wolves come the shepherd ran from the flock and left the sheep 
to be devoured." 

To this accusation the Prophet replied: "If my life is of no value to my friends, it is of none 
to myself."336. 19 This accusation, without doubt, hurt him even more than the assassins' 
bullets a few days later at Carthage, Illinois. He and his brother Hyrum had been preparing 
provisions in anticipation of their journey to the west, but this was all changed when this 
accusation came, and so Joseph Smith and his brother, who so dearly loved him, returned 
and were taken to their martyrdom. This, of course, put an end to the proposed expedition of 
exploration, and some months later when the Latter-day Saints were forced by cannon and 
musket to abandon their homes and take up their journey towards the west, the experience 
and information which it was hoped would be available from the exploration party obviously 
was not obtained.336. 20 


Church accomplished their wicked purpose in the martyrdom of the Prophet Joseph Smith 
and his brother Hyrum, they were confident that they had brought the Church of Jesus Christ 
of Latter-day Saints to its end. They were sure that it could not survive and that its members 
would be scattered to the four winds. They gloated over their murderous accomplishment, 
but this gloating was of short duration. 

To their amazement the members of the Church rallied and continued to build and pursue 
their daily vocations. 

In the eyes of the mob this would not do, and so the persecutions continued with renewed 
determination. Mob conventions were held, and demands were made that the Latter-day 
Saints should leave the state of Illinois. It is regrettable to say that these enemies had the 
sympathy and treacherous aid of Governor Thomas Ford. The saints asked for time to 


dispose of their property and in their petition to their enemies said: 

"That we will use all lawful means, in connection with others, to preserve the public peace 
while we tarry; and shall expect, decidedly, that we be no more molested with 
house-burning, or any other depredations, to waste our property and time, and hinder our 

"That it is a mistaken idea, that we have proposed to remove in six months, for that would be 
so early in the spring that grass might not grow nor water run; both of which would be 
necessary for our removal. But we propose to use our influence to have no more seed time 
and harvest among our people in this country after gathering our present crops; and that all 
communications to us be made in writing. "337. 21 

PERILS OF EXODUS FROM NAUVOO. The request of President Brigham Young and his 
brethren was granted, but within a week was broken, and the fury of the mob increased as 
the mob issued an ultimatum that the saints make an immediate removal. Wednesday, 
February 4, 1846, the first of the saints left Nauvoo and crossed the Mississippi on their way 
to the West. Others followed as rapidly as they could. It was an extreme winter. They were 
without sufficient food, clothing, and provender for their teams. Their covered wagons 
would not successfully shed the snow and rain, and many wagons were without covers. On 
Sugar Creek a temporary camp was made. On the first night of the encampment, nine infants 
were bom. 

President Young spent February 16, 1846, in organizing the camp. March 1st the camp was 
broken and the journey resumed in cold, stormy weather. Several members of the camp died 
from exposure. Some 400 wagons, without sufficient teams, had been assembled to transport 
these miserable exiles. By April the great body of the saints was on its way. Near the 
Chariton River the exiles were organized into companies with captains over tens, fifties, and 
hundreds. The apostles were appointed to take charge of divisions. 

settlement was selected on Grand River, Iowa, and named Garden Grove. Here a council 
meeting was held, and 359 laboring men were reported in the camp. From these, 100 were 
appointed to cut trees and make rails, 10 to build fences, 48 to build houses, 12 to dig wells, 
and 10 to build bridges. The remaining number were to prepare land for cultivation. A 
temporary organization to look after the spiritual as well as the temporal needs of this 
settlement was also appointed. 

May 18, 1846, some 27 miles farther west, Parley P. Pratt with his company had camped. It 
was decided here to make another temporary settlement, and it was named Mount Pisgah. As 
in Garden Grove, arrangements were made for the convenience of those appointed to remain. 
These temporary camps were essential to the welfare of the exiles and were organized for the 
purpose of raising grain and provisions to help the members on their westward journey. 


SAINTS LOCATE AT WINTER QUARTERS. On June 14, President Brigham Young, 
Heber C. Kimball, Parley P. Pratt, and others with the advanced companies, arrived on the 
banks of the Missouri River, not far from Council Bluffs. The next day a council meeting 
was held, and it was decided to move back onto the bluffs where spring water could be 
obtained and there would be protection from the Indians. The brethren found that the 
Pottawattami Indians were very friendly and their chief showed the saints some favors. The 
Omaha Indians across the river were not so friendly. 

June 29, 1 846, a ferryboat was finished on the east bank of the Missouri. The building of this 
boat was under the supervision of Frederick Kesler, who for many years was the bishop of 
the Sixteenth Ward, Salt Lake City, and incidentally the bishop of President Joseph F. 

Smith's family. The next day President Young and others crossed the river seeking a site for 
the location of the camps of Israel. In early September such a site was chosen and named 
Winter Quarters. This place was to be the outfitting point for those who were to continue 
their journey to the Great Basin. 

A regular city was laid out according to the plans which were adopted for the settlements of 
the Latter-day Saints. Several years later, after the abandonment by the saints, the place was 
named Florence and today is a suburb of the city of Omaha. Winter Quarters, under the 
direction of 12 men appointed for the purpose, was organized into wards over each of which 
was a bishop. These bishops so appointed at this early period were Levi W. Riter, William 
Fossett, Benjamin Brown, John Vance, Edward Hunter, David Fairbanks, Daniel Spencer, 
Joseph Matthews, Abraham Hoagland, David D. Yearsley, and Joseph B. Noble. 

INDIAN OPPOSITION AT WINTER QUARTERS. In a very short period of time, for the 
settlers labored diligently, Winter Quarters took on the appearance of a city. The houses 
were chiefly built of logs gathered from the surrounding forest, but some of the saints made 
their dwellings by making caves. Some trouble arose through the stealing of cattle and 
horses by the Indians, and this loss the members of this settlement could not afford. Their 
number of horses, mules, and cattle was too meager and was sorely needed for the ploughing 
of the land and for the anticipated journey to their promised land in the Rocky Mountains. 
Most members of the Church are familiar with the story told by President Joseph F. Smith of 
his encounter with the Indians when he was a herd boy of only eight years, and how through 
his ingenuity and the blessing of the Lord he saved the cattle but lost his horse and was 
himself miraculously saved from death. This occurred just out of Winter Quarters. 340. 22 

The Indians felt that the members of the Church who were dwelling on their lands were 
intruders; no doubt they felt justified in their marauding, done in part at least, in the spirit of 
retaliation, for the settlers were killing and eating the wild game and cutting the trees to 
build houses and corrals on these Indian lands. Chief Big Elk tried to restrain his people, but 
they would not be controlled. President Brigham Young counseled the members of the 
Church to treat the Indians kindly but was forced to build a stockade around Winter Quarters 


as a protection against Indian raids. 

need of keeping the people busy, President Young assigned duties to all, keeping the minds 
of the saints occupied and thus more contented than if they had idle time on their hands. Of 
course there were cattle and horses to feed and fields to be cultivated preparatory to a harvest 
in the rapidly approaching fall. 

A gristmill was built, as much to furnish employment as to be of need in the preparation of 
flour and other grains. President Young said if the saints did not continue to use it, the 
Indians could. According to Latter-day Saint custom, this mill was built with a condition of 
permanency although it was known that in a short time Winter Quarters would be 
abandoned. In addition to the building of houses and a gristmill, a council house was 
constructed suitable to these primitive conditions, where council meetings, sacrament, and 
other meetings for the benefit of the settlers at Winter Quarters could be held. 

We think today that we have difficulties in housing two and sometimes three wards in one 
meetinghouse, but these bishops in Winter Quarters had no separate buildings or even 
houses where two wards could meet with staggered time. Such meetings as were held had to 
be in this council house or in the open. The duty of the bishops was largely in caring for the 
members who were under their jurisdiction, temporally and spiritually, without the 
convenience of separate places of worship. A condition of this kind had prevailed in Nauvoo 
where many wards were created, but houses of worship were not provided. Notwithstanding 
this inconvenience, regular meetings were held where the members partook of the sacrament 
and were instructed. 

house was used for all general purposes. Dances and other entertainments were held in it. All 
amusements were opened and closed by prayer. It was at Winter Quarters where President 
Brigham Young, January 14, 1847, received a revelation of encouragement and direction for 
the members of the Church, to govern them while on their journeys and encampments 
preparatory to the settlement in the Salt Lake Valley.341. 23 

In this word of the Lord, directions were given as to the travels of the saints, their 
deportment on the way and in their camps. They were taught to be unselfish and helpful to 
those who were less fortunate, the widows and fatherless, and were given a promise of 
blessings if they would remain faithful. The original pioneer company was ordered to go in 
advance with its captains over hundreds, fifties, and tens. The members were instructed and 
encouraged to "praise the Lord with singing, with music, with dancing, and with a prayer of 
praise and thanksgiving," and if sorrowful, to "call on the Lord" with supplication, that their 
souls might be joyful. 342. 24 

Some thoughtless persons have condemned the pioneers for their dancing and merriment 


while on the plains, but all of this was done by commandment of the Lord and in the spirit of 
prayer and thanksgiving. Truly it was, as with David of old, "dancing before the Lord" 

342 . 25 and done in the spirit of true humility. Would that all of our dancing and amusement 
entertainments today could be conducted in like spirit. How much better the saints would be, 
how much happier than when many of these things are conducted in the spirit of the world. 

The saints were told not to fear their enemies, for they were in the hands of the Lord. They 
were not to harbor feelings of revenge or hatred towards their enemies. The saints were to be 
tried in all things, and if they would bear chastisement, they would be worthy of the kingdom 
of God. It was made known to them why the Prophet and Patriarch had to meet a violent 
death and have their blood shed. The Lord said, "Many have marveled because of his 
[Joseph Smith's] death; but it was needful that he should seal his testimony with his blood, 
that he might be honored and the wicked might be condemned." The conclusion of this 
counsel was: "Be diligent in keeping all my commandments, lest judgments come upon you, 
and your faith fail you, and your enemies triumph over you. So no more at present. Amen 
and Amen." 342 . 26 

people at Winter Quarters in the winter of 1846-47 was com and pork. These articles could 
be secured more readily and were brought to Winter Quarters from what was called Upper 
Missouri, along the western borders of that state. There were very few gristmills in that part 
of Missouri at that time where the grain was bought. 

Some of the brethren found work during these trying months and by that means were able to 
purchase their meager supplies preparatory to the journey to the Rocky Mountains. Wheat, 
boiled whole, and corn, such as could be obtained, was ground into meal in hand mills, a few 
of them being in the camps. In the fall of 1846, in Upper Missouri, wheat sold for 19 to 25 
cents and corn for 10 to 12 cents a bushel, but these prices were advanced to twice the price 
as the saints continued their purchases. While these prices were low, yet they placed a strain 
upon the pocketbooks of the poor exiles, for their means were woefully deficient. Besides 
the feeding of the people, cattle and horses had to be fed, and this required grain. Without 
the abundant mercy and assistance from the Lord these impoverished saints would have 

Notwithstanding all their hardships and the poverty of the saints, they were usually happy, 
for they had the Spirit of the Lord to guide them and they had leaders with indomitable wills 
and wonderful resourcefulness aided by the help of the Lord. There were a few among them 
who lacked the faith to continue the journey and fell by the wayside, among them Bishop 
George Miller and Alpheus Cutler. 

After the encampment was made at Winter Quarters, November 1, 1846, Major H. M. 

Harvey, Superintendent of Indian Affairs, called on President Young at Winter Quarters and 
stated that he wished the camp to remove from the Indian lands, that the members of the 


camp were burning the Indians' wood, and he had received letters from Washington from the 
Department of Indian Affairs giving instructions that no white settlers were to be permitted 
on the Omaha Indian lands without the authority of the government. President Young told 
Major Harvey that the government had called into the service of the United States Army the 
most efficient men from the camps of the pioneers, thus weakening and placing extra 
burdens upon those who remained. This had caused delay. It was later learned that such 
drastic demands had not come from Washington. 

SAINTS SETTLE KANESVILLE. Winter Quarters was not completely abandoned until 
1848, and it continued to be the place for fitting out companies for the journey across the 
plains and mountains to the Salt Lake Valley. Many of the members of the Church had 
located at Council Bluffs, and those not prepared to cross the plains moved to the eastern 
side of the Missouri. This new settlement was named Kanesville, in honor of General 
Thomas L. Kane who had befriended the Latter-day Saints on several occasions. Kanesville 
became a thriving town before the members of the Church were called to abandon it. During 
its most prosperous days there were more members of the Church there than in the Salt Lake 
Valley. A newspaper called the Frontier Guardian was published, with Elder Orson Hyde of 
the Council of the Twelve as editor. It was at Kanesville that Oliver Cowdery came in 
October 1848 to plead for admission back into the Church; his request was granted. 

CALL OF MORMON BATTALION. Twelve days after the arrival of President Brigham 
Young on the bank of the Missouri River, Captain James Allen of the United States Army 
arrived at Mount Pisgah with a call from the government for four or five companies of 
volunteers to serve in the Mexican War. He was advised to go to Council Bluffs to see 
President Brigham Young. He arrived there on the 30th day of June and the following day 
met with President Young and the brethren. 

President Young informed him that the volunteers would be furnished. It was moved by 
Heber C. Kimball and seconded by Willard Richards that a battalion of 500 men be raised, 
which was carried unanimously at a meeting of the brethren who were called together for 
this occasion. This necessitated the return of President Young to Mount Pisgah and the 
sending of letters to Garden Grove and Nauvoo notifying the members of the Church in 
these places of this action. The calling of this Mormon Battalion and its wonderful march 
and achievements are well known among the Latter-day Saints, but the true spirit and 
significance of their march has never received the proper honor and place which it should 
have been accorded throughout the nation. 345. 27 





SAINTS MADE DESERT BLOSSOM AS THE ROSE. A traveler passing through the 
fertile Utah valleys in a luxurious Pullman car, on his way to the Golden State, volunteered 
to say as he looked out over the cultivated fields and blooming orchards: "No wonder 
Brigham Young chose these well watered and beautiful valleys as a permanent home for 
your people." 

It was the spring of the year; the fields were green with the grain of the summer's harvest; the 
fruit trees along the way were in full bloom, and everywhere, in a land of great fertility, 
appeared the glorious prospect of an abundant yield. Such remarks are often made by those 
who hurriedly pass through our State and see conditions as they are today. How very little do 
they know of the early history of our State, and the almost superhuman struggle of the 
pioneers to make "the wilderness and the solitary place . . . glad for them," and "the desert . . 

. rejoice, and blossom as the rose. "346. 1 

It was a very different aspect that confronted the small but determined band of pioneers as 
they entered the Valley of the Great Salt Lake, July 24th, 1847, and took possession as the 
first permanent settlers of the great intermountain region. The soil, they found, was hard and 
sunbaked. There was little vegetation save the stubby growth of saltgrass, greasewood, and 
sage that covered the Valley, and the few willows and cottonwood trees that stood on the 
banks of the canyon streams. The scene was most desolate and uninviting. 

SAINTS SETTLED A BARREN DESERT LAND. The pioneers attempted to plough, but 
the ground, unconquered for so many ages, refused to yield to the plowman's share. By 
diverting the waters of a canyon stream and thoroughly soaking the soil, they were able to 
turn the earth and prepare it for the limited but extremely valuable supply of seed which they 
had brought with them. And thus commenced a determined battle with the elements under 
adverse conditions which was to result in the conquering of the desert and the beginning of 
our modern system of successful cultivation by irrigation. 

It must be remembered that the great Rocky Mountain region and much of the plains to the 
east, at that time, formed a desert that was unknown save to the trapper and hunter, and to 
them, little was known of the great possibilities of the intermountain country. The few 
emigrants who traversed the country, prior to that time hurried on to the great Pacific coast. 
None thought of occupying the barren and apparently unproductive region of the Rocky 
Mountains. Bridger, the trapper and scout, was so sure that the Salt Lake Valley would not 
produce, that he declared he would gladly give one thousand dollars if he knew an ear of 
corn would ripen in that valley. His view was shared by others who were acquainted with the 
region.347. 2 


MORMON PIONEERS DESTINED TO COME WEST. It might be thought by the casual 
reader of the history of the Latter-day Saints, that their coming into these valleys when and 
as they did was merely a matter of necessity, without design so far as the purposes of the 
Lord were concerned. President George A. Smith, one of these pioneers, very frequently 
stated — speaking of Latter-day Saints — "that we came here of our own free will and choice, 
because we had to." 

However, it was the design of the Lord that the Latter-day Saints should possess these 
valleys of the mountains. It took persecution and the extreme opposition and hate on the part 
of their enemies to accomplish this end and bring to pass the driving of the members of the 
Church from their homes in Illinois. 

It seems to me that if the Latter-day Saints had been left in peace, without opposition, and 
the Lord had commanded them to leave their comfortable homes and make the journey 
across the barren plains and mountains to these valleys that many of them would have 
refused to come. They were content and comfortable so far as their homes were concerned. 
They were happy. They had been prospering. They had found the first years of peace in the 
history of the Church while they sojourned at Nauvoo, even though these years were few. 

last two years and more that they dwelt there the hatred of their neighbors became intense. 
Nevertheless they had built up a city, the largest city in the state of Illinois, a city of power 
and influence. They had comfortable homes. They were building a magnificent temple in 
which to worship God, and naturally they desired to stay there, but the Lord had other 
designs; so also had their enemies. 

But it was not this hatred and persecution, and the driving of the saints from the City of 
Nauvoo and from the State of Illinois, that constituted the greatest factor in their removal 
and the commencing of their trek across the boundless plains and the seeking of new homes 
in the valleys of the Rocky Mountains. While persecution and hate were the immediate 
causes for this removal, yet back in the early days of the Church, as early as the year 1 830, 
and again in the year 1831, the Lord had indicated by revelation that the time would come 
when they would be established in the mountains. 348. 3 

Isaiah, some 700 years before the birth of Christ, had made that prediction. 349 4 My own 
grandfather, in the year 1834, while administering to a brother of President Brigham Young, 
Elder Lorenzo D. Young, predicted upon his head that he would come with the body of the 
saints to these valleys of the mountains. 349. 5 

FAITHFUL SAINTS FOLLOWED BRIGHAM YOUNG. There were some who feared the 
hardships of a journey across the plains to a region practically unknown which, Washington 
Irving said, would never become the habitation of civilization. 


These fearful ones sought refuge in their flight from the stricken city of Nauvoo among the 
settlements of Illinois, Wisconsin and surrounding territory where they were received in 
peace and without danger of molestation. The great majority of the members of the Church, 
however, had faith enough to follow President Brigham Young and the Twelve, implicitly 
believing that the Lord would prepare the way and lead them on the journey to the west. It 
was the fair weather members, said General Thomas L. Kane, who deserted the Church in its 
hour of trial and sought refuge among the peaceful communities where anti-Mormon mobs 
did not control. The staunch and proved members of the Church did not falter, but endured 
the hardships which they realized were before them in leaving all behind in Nauvoo.349. 6 

SAINTS CAME WEST TO SERVE GOD. We came into these valleys for one purpose. 

What was it? The primary purpose was to serve the Lord, to keep his commandments, to 
worship him in spirit and truth without interference, according to the dictates of our 
conscience. That was the object which President Young taught the people; the elders taught 
it, and they were filled with the spirit of faith, and they guided the people. 

But as time went on other elements were developed; others came among us, other influences, 
and see what is the condition today. We are outnumbered by people who love money, who 
are not a God-fearing people; they are people who love this world, the things of this world, 
the pleasures of this world, the wealth of this world; and their minds are set upon getting it, 
and we are following very largely in their footsteps to the displeasure of our Father in 
Heaven. 350. 7 


GEOGRAPHICAL ORIGINS OF PIONEERS OF 1847. It was July 24th, 1847, when the 
pioneers entered the Salt Lake Valley. They had made the journey from Winter Quarters on 
the banks of the Missouri River, to the Valley in about 102 days, building roads, fording 
streams and cutting a passage through mountain gorges, blazing the way for the companies 
which were preparing to follow. 

The original company was composed of 143 men, three women and two children. Of this 
number, as far as we can determine, 21 were natives of New York, 14 were natives of 
Vermont, 1 1 of Ohio, 10 of Massachusetts, four of Pennsylvania, four of Connecticut, three 
of North Carolina, two of Illinois, two of Virginia, two of Maine, three of New Hampshire, 
two of Mississippi, two of New Jersey, three of Tennessee, and one each of Alabama, 
Indiana, South Carolina, Kentucky and Rhode Island — 19 states of the Union, a large 
majority at that time. Five were natives of Canada, four of England and one each of Ireland, 
Scotland, Denmark, Norway, and Germany. 

It is remarkable that without premeditation these pioneers should have been gathered from 
nearly every state in the Union and the various countries of Europe from whence most of our 


stable immigration has come. It is reasonable to believe that the others, whose places of birth 
we do not know, were from just as wide a range of territory. 

Five days after the arrival of the pioneers they were joined by a detachment of about 150 
men from the Mormon Battalion, which served in the Mexican war, and about 50 immigrants 
from Mississippi. The first few days in the Valley were spent in exploring, surveying and 
laying out a city; in ploughing and planting, with the hope, although the season was far 
advanced, of raising a crop before the autumn frosts set in. They ploughed 84 acres and 
planted them in com, potatoes, beans and other products of the soil. 

the survey of Salt Lake City was commenced, also on the 10th the building of the Old Fort, 
or stockade, which was erected on the 10 acres now known as Pioneer Park, as a protection 
against hostile Indians. They also erected 27 log cabins and were engaged in various other 
pursuits towards the establishment of a permanent home for themselves and the people who 
were to follow. 

Wednesday, August 18th, nearly one-half of the pioneer company commenced to retrace 
their steps towards Winter Quarters, to assist their families and the exiled immigrants who 
were on the way to the Valley. These were followed by another detachment from the little 
band on the 26th. That fall between 600 and 700 wagons and about 2,000 persons arrived in 
Salt Lake Valley, coming principally with ox-teams. 

While crossing the plains the immigrants were organized in companies of tens, fifties and 
hundreds, with a captain over each. Thus they traveled in organized form and with correct 
discipline governing all their movements. Each morning at bugle call they assembled for 
prayer, and in the evening likewise; and notwithstanding the hardships of the journey, they 
were buoyed up in their hopes of obtaining a haven of rest in the new Zion, where, at least, 
they would be free from persecution. 

A total of 1,891 persons with 623 wagons left Winter Quarters on the Missouri River, May 
31, 1848, and arrived in the Valley September 20, following. These were principally from 
the exiled Latter-day Saints from Nauvoo, with a sprinkling from European countries. At this 
time there were 450 buildings in the Fort, three saw mills had been erected, a flour mill was 
in operation and various necessary industries were under way. 

NATIONALITIES OF EARLY MORMON CONVERTS. In 1840-50 increased efforts were 
put forth in proselyting throughout the world; missionary work was vigorously carried on in 
the British Isles, Germany, Scandinavia, France, Italy, Switzerland, Australia and many other 
lands, including the islands of the sea, and many converts were made. 

In 1849 the Perpetual Emigration Fund Company was organized, the object being to make a 
systematic effort to assist all who desired help to emigrate from foreign lands to the body of 


the people in Utah. This movement was not inaugurated for speculation, but as a means of 
helping the poor and the needy to better their conditions in the promised land. Those aided 
by this fund were expected to repay the amount they borrowed that others might also obtain 
assistance, thus making the fund perpetual in its working. 

Between the years 1847 and 1856, there were 59 companies of emigrants, comprising in all 
16,91 1 souls that sailed from European shores bound for Utah. Five thousand more had 
previously emigrated, making a total of 2 1 ,9 1 1 . They were principally from the British Isles, 
Scandinavia, Germany, and Switzerland, with a sprinkling from France, Italy and other 

VOCATIONS OF EARFY MORMON CONVERTS. They came from the factories and the 
mines of Great Britain, the fisheries and the dairy farms of Scandinavia, the workshops of 
Germany, the vineyards of France and Italy — from various pursuits and occupations wherein 
they were unable in the old world, from the scanty pittance they received as wages, to save 
enough to buy a passage across the sea. 

Of the emigration between 1850 and 1860 it has been estimated that 28 per cent were 
common laborers, 14 per cent miners, and about 27 per cent mechanics. There were also 
found in these ranks, the merchant, the doctor, the professor, the skilled engineer and artisan, 
the financier, and the artist. Occasionally there was one possessed of abundance of this 
world's goods and big enough to share with his less fortunate neighbor, for they were not 
confined solely to the poor and the needy, the unlearned or the ignorant. 

They were gathered from all nations, but they were not the scum of the earth and the moral 
outcasts of society; they were the very bones and sinews of the nations from whence they 
came -- the life's blood, the brawn without which nations would perish from the earth. This 
class, despised and trodden under foot from time immemorial by the haughty, the proud, the 
titled nobility, but upon whom, nevertheless, the aristocratic population depend for their very 
existence, are in very deed the salt of the earth. Remember, the scriptures say it was the poor 
that had the gospel preached to them, and it was the common people who heard it gladly. 

353 . 8 

EXTENSIVE SCOPE OF PIONEER IMMIGRATION. These pioneer immigrants, who 
established the State of Utah, belonged to the great industrial class, honest though generally 
poor, that laid the foundation of our glorious nation. Among them were men of renown who 
fought in freedom's cause and stood in the defense of liberty. For in Utah a very large 
percentage of the inhabitants are descendants of the early Colonial families of New England 
and the border Atlantic states. 

Thus Mormonism took hold of the dependent thousands of poor from all parts of the earth 
who had embraced the faith and made them virtually independent by placing them on farms 
and otherwise furnishing them with remunerative employment by which they became 


financially free. In 1880 — 30 years after the organization of Utah Territory -- the population 
was 143,963. Of this number 43,944 were of foreign birth. There were 14,550 persons 
engaged in agriculture, 4,149 employed in various trades and 10,212 in mining, mechanics, 
and factory activities. 

According to the State's report in 1 896, the year Utah was admitted into the Union, there 
were 19,816 farms and of that number 17,584 were free from incumbrance of mortgage and 
debt, and while conditions have not improved since the advent of the automobile and modern 
methods of extravagance, even today the great majority of the Latter-day Saints dwell in 
their homes with clear titles. 


ORDERLY NATURE OF MORMON COLONIZATION. Within two years after Salt Lake 
City was founded, the immigration had become so great that the population could not be 
supported. Many parties were sent out, principally to the north and south, to form new 
settlements -- not merely in the vicinity of Salt Lake City, but to the remote parts of the 
territory, which at that time extended from the borders of Nebraska and Kansas to California, 
east and west, and from Oregon to New Mexico, north and south. Exploring parties were 
sent in advance and when a site was selected a large company of volunteers followed to 
make the permanent settlement. 

In these companies care was taken that there should be a proper representation of craftsmen, 
that the needs of the new colony might be met; there were skilled carpenters, masons, 
millwrights, blacksmiths, cobblers, etc., in each company, and each individual was given 
some specific work to do. All performed their portion of the labor in harmony with the plan 
arranged. Every man was supplied with all necessary tools, a gun and other portable 
necessities, for individual protection and labor; ploughs, seeds and the required number of 
animals for ploughing, ditch building and other purposes were also provided. 

This labor was performed on the co-operative plan and all shared alike according to their 
respective needs. They were happy notwithstanding the rigorous toil required to subdue the 
desert places, and, as it has been written of them, they "made more progress and suffered less 
privation in reclaiming the waste lands of the wilderness than did the Spaniards in the garden 
spots of Mexico and Central America, or the English in the most favored region near the 
Atlantic seaboard." But let it be understood this was not accomplished without severe 

WHY MORMON COLONIZATION PROSPERED. The reason they were able to obtain 
such excellent results is that they had a perfect organization and were loyal and obedient to 
the authority over them, which naturally resulted in complete operation and unity of purpose. 
Then, again, their ideas and desires were one -- they were united. They had not come into 
this promised land for worldly aggrandizement; they were not like the Spaniards, seeking for 

gold, but to build and establish permanent homes where they could dwell in peace and 
unmolested worship God according to the dictates of their conscience. 


As immigrants arrived in Salt Lake City, from the several states or from foreign shores, they 
were sent out to colonize and blaze the way for others to follow. Men taken from the looms 
of England, the shops of Germany and from various other dependent occupations in the 
cities and towns of Europe, were under the necessity of practically changing the nature of 
their lives. They were sent out to reclaim the desert wastes and to till the soil and were thus 
transformed into successful and independent farmers, stockraisers, blacksmiths, and were 
made free landholders in a land of liberty. 

It mattered not if these settlers came from the four comers of the earth, speaking various 
languages and with trades and occupations as far apart as the two poles, new conditions 
coupled with the same religious views soon welded them together into one race and people. 
They learned to think and to speak alike; their aims were the same, their desires mutual; and 
each was brought by common interest to understand the viewpoint of the rest. Thus they 
lived in harmony, and each was interested in the progress and welfare of the whole 
community. Such conditions caused them to forget their nationality, for they became 
absorbed by their environment, tmly becoming a part of the very soil on which they dwelt. 
They were and are loyal to their adopted country. Hyphenated Americans are practically 
unknown in the Mormon settlements of the Rocky Mountains. 

great world power that she is by conquest and mingling of Norman, Saxon, and Dane with 
the native tribes of the British Isles, so also our country has partaken of the best life blood of 
many nations, which has, through intermarriage made her strong. 

Likewise in Utah the amalgamation of the races has been even more complete than in the 
nation at large; for Utah has drawn on nearly every nation under heaven, sifting and 
gathering from them of their best, and, due to the peculiar circumstances that prevail and 
unity of purpose, is moulding out of the mixture of blood a new race typically American. Her 
people are strong, mentally, spiritually, and physically. Battling with the elements and 
contending with many difficulties have made them so. 

In patriotism they are the peers of any. They believe this is the land of Zion, a land preserved 
by the great I Am as an abiding place for the pure in heart. It is to them a land of refuge and 
liberty to the oppressed of the nations, who have come to a "land choice above ah other 
lands," and to a nation raised up, directed and preserved by Divine Providence. 357. 9 To this 
land they have come from all parts of the earth, with gladness and with "songs of everlasting 
joy," to obtain an inheritance for themselves and children that shah endure forever. 357. 10 



in these valleys, great stress was placed upon industry by President Brigham Young and the 
other brethren, and it was necessary because our forefathers came here with nothing. They 
had to work. They had to be industrious. It was essential that they produce the things they 
needed, and therefore counsel to that extent and in that direction was given to them 
constantly that they should be industrious. They were taught not to be proud in their hearts. 
They came out here where they could worship the Lord their God and keep his 
commandments. They were told to be humble as well as to be diligent. They were to make 
their own garments, and they were to be plain. 357. 1 1 Oh, I wish we could remember that. I 
am sorry that we have forgotten. 

And President Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimball, and others of the brethren in those early 
days taught the people and prevailed upon them to start industries throughout this country; to 
raise sheep, to gather the wool, to make their own clothes out of that wool; to plant cotton 
that they might have cotton also to make clothing; to plant flax that they might get linen; to 
build tanneries that they might tan the hides and make themselves leather, and a thousand 
other things. We used to have some of these industries here among us, and would still have 
them if we had been willing to adhere to these counsels that had been given to us in those 
early days by the authorities of the Church, which we do not do. 358. 12 

HOME INDUSTRY: BULWARK OF STABLE ECONOMY. The early settlers were taught 
by their leaders to produce, as far as possible, all that they consumed, to be frugal and not 
wasteful of their substance. The establishing of home industries was the text of many a 
sermon, and following the advice of President Brigham Young to draw from the native 
elements the necessities of life, to permit no vitiated taste to lead them into expensive 
indulgence, and "to let home industry produce every article of home consumption" — they 
engaged in the establishment of many useful and necessary industries. Woolen mills, 
tanneries, ironworks, sawmills, gristmills, potteries and other industries were established. 

The people learned to manufacture the articles they used and to raise the provisions they 
consumed. Their clothing, though plain, was durable and the workmanship of their own 
hands, and of it they were not ashamed. 

We are told that "necessity is the mother of invention." The fact that the people of Utah were 
at that early day isolated by more than 1,000 miles from the borders of civilization made it 
necessary for them to be producers of most that they consumed. Alas, in this one particular, 
in later years after the advent of the continental railroad, this condition was somewhat 
changed, and not for the betterment of the people. Not that the railroad was not a great boon, 
but it was so much easier to buy articles from the east than it was to manufacture them, and 
therefore, instead of raising that which they consumed and manufacturing their own apparel, 
they commenced to receive supplies, in many instances inferior, from abroad. 

CO-OPERATIVE MORMON ENTERPRISES. From the time of laying Utah's foundation to 
the present, co-operation has been a strong feature in every Mormon community, and while 


this condition has been marred by the closer communication with the outside world and the 
influx of people of divergent views, yet to a large degree it continues. In pioneer days houses 
were built, ditches were dug, fields planted, reservoirs constructed, and various other 
community interests cared for on the co-operative plan, without the aid of money, There was 
no money to be had, and such was the interest of the individual in the welfare of all that his 
time was given gratis in such necessary labor, for he realized that he was bound to reap his 
portion of the benefits of his toil. 

Today it is largely the case that a man who gives his time, even though it be in some labor 
from which he will receive his portion of the reward, feels that he must be given some 
monetary consideration for the time he spends. And, thus, due to labor agitation and closer 
contact with the outside world, with its customs, theories, and established institutions, this 
excellent and neighborly co-operative system, to a great degree, is changed. 

These modem conditions tend to destroy the unity of spirit and common interest of the 
individual in the well being of the community and to narrow down the liberal spirit in which 
each member showed his love for his fellow man. Self aggrandization has increased; 
community interest and neighborly love have correspondingly diminished. 

Yet, under prevailing conditions, it is hard to see how things can be different in our larger 
cities where the people are of all religious views and have few interests in common. 
Co-operation cannot dwell where there is no union — where the people are not one in 
thought, one in purpose and desire, and where each refuses to labor unselfishly in the 
common interest of all, or, where the love of money and worldly gain is paramount. In the 
distant settlements, however, of the Latter-day Saints, and even with exclusive organizations 
in Salt Lake City, co-operation still exists. 360. 13 


people in the United States than the Latter-day Saints, for they have been weighed in the 
balance and not found wanting. One of the first things the pioneers did, on entering the 
Valley of the Great Salt Lake, was to unfurl the Stars and Stripes from Ensign Peak and take 
possession of the land in the name of the United States, this country at the time being at war 
with Mexico. Even while the exiled Saints, who had been forced from their homes without 
one protecting word or action from the government in their behalf, were on their westward 
march, in the depths of poverty, they raised a battalion to serve in the Mexican War. These 
troops loyally and cheerfully volunteered and performed their labors faithfully and 
well.360. 14 

Thomas H. Benton, principally, and others associated with him — Thomas H. Benton was 
from the State of Missouri and a very bitter enemy of the Latter-day Saints — prevailed upon 
the President of the United States to make this trial of the Mormon people who were in the 


wilderness, asking for a battalion of 500 men. Mr, Benton felt, I am sure, positive in his own 
mind that under the conditions President Brigham Young would refuse, and with that refusal 
he would place himself apparently as an enemy of the United States, and further persecution 
could be heaped upon the Latter-day Saints resulting in their destruction. 

But the battalion was raised. There was no opposition. President Young said if he could not 
raise men enough, he would arm the women, but the government should have its battalion. 
And so it was furnished, and made its march to the Pacific coast. 361. 15 

BE SUBJECT TO THE POWERS THAT BE. Any member of this Church who will not 
sustain the established laws of the land is not only disloyal as a citizen of the government, 
but he is disloyal to his Church and disloyal to God. We should understand it, and above all 
else we should be law- abiding and live in righteousness with each other, with our neighbors, 
and worship the living God in the spirit of truth and righteousness and at the same time have 
loyal hearts to the nations which bear rule and will bear rule until he comes whose right it is 
to reign. 361. 16 

EARLY DAY ANTI-MORMONS IN UTAH. There was in Utah a class of individuals who 
spent the greater part of their time in circulating wicked and malicious reports about the 
saints, threatening their lives, committing crimes and attempting to make the saints their 

The officers of the law were general government officials appointed by the President of the 
United States, and I am sorry to say, some of these were among the chief villifiers of the 
people. The most damnable and bloodthirsty falsehoods were concocted and served up to the 
people of the United States to stir them up to anger against the despised Mormons. 

Almost every crime that was committed within 1,000 miles of Salt Lake City was charged to 
the leaders of the Mormon people and became the foundation of a multitude of anti- 
Mormon publications that still flood the world. Because of these false and highly colored 
tales, in 1857 the government of the United States sent an army to suppress in Utah a 
rebellion that never existed, and forced the saints to defend themselves. When the 
government found out how it had blundered, it was humiliated. 3 62. 17 

Footnotes to Volume III 

vi-l Era, vol. 59, p. 495. 

1-1 D. & C. 64:23-24; Mai. 3:2; 4:1. 

1- 2 D. & C. 77:12. 

2- 3 Conf. Rep., Apr., 1935. p. 98; D. & C. 1:4-16. 


2-4 Conf. Rep., Apr., 1951, p. 58; D. & C. 110:13-16. 

2-5 Jos. Smith 1:4. 

2-6 2 Thess. 1:7-9; D. & C. 29:17. 

2- 7 Era, vol. 34, p. 644. 

3- 8 Conf. Rep., Apr., 1936, pp. 75-76. 

3-9 Church News, May 4, 1935, p. 8. 

3- 10 Church News, Nov. 29, 1941, p. 4; Isa. 65:17-25; Mai. 4; D. & C. 101:11-31; 133:63- 

4- 11 Moses 8:22-29. 

4-12 2 Ne. 3:9-10; Moses 1:25-26; Abra. 2:8-11; Gen. 15:7-21. 

4-13 1 Ne. 107-10; Isa. 40:3; Matt. 3:1- 10; Mark 1:2-8; Luke 3:2-17. 

4-14 Isa, 28:1-8; 29:1-10; 30:1-17; Jer. 2; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9; 15. 

4-15 Matt. 24:14; Jos. Smith 1:31. 

4-16 Matt. 24:31. 

4-17 Rev. 14:6. 

4- 18 Jos. Smith 2:29-54. 

5- 19 D. &C. 133:17. 

5-20 Church News. June 6, 1931. p. 8; D. & C. 133:36-52. 

5- 21 Matt. 24:14. 

6- 22 D. & C. 1:4-5. 

6-23 Church News, Nov. 7, 1931. p. 6. 

6-24 D. & C. 52:11; 84:96-97; 109:59. 

6- 25 D. & C. 88:73. 

7- 26 Church News, Jan. 7. 1933. p. 5. 

8- 27 D. & C. 86:86-95. 

8-28 D. & C. 45:21-30; Rom. 11-25; Luke 21:24; Inspired Version, Luke 21:25, 32. 

8-29 Zech. 12:8-14; 13:6; D. & C. 45:47- 53. 

8-30 D. &C. 133:35. 

8- 31 Zech. 14. 

9- 32 D. & C. 133:63-74. 

9-33 Conf. Rep., Apr. 1911, pp. 114-126. 

9-34 2 Ne. 30:7-18; 1 Ne. 10:11-14; 22:11-12; 2 Ne. 6:10-18; 9:1-2; 10:5-9; 25:16-18; 3 Ne. 
20:29-46; Morm. 5:14. 

9- 35 Gen. & Hist. Mag., vol. 14, pp. 4-5. 

10- 36 Luke 18:8. 

10-37 Conf. Rep., Oct., 1916, p. 68: D. & C. 1:17-21. 

10- 38 Church News, Sept. 12, 1931, p. 2; Mai. 3:1; Jos. Smith 2:36. 

11- 39 Mai. 3:2-5; Jos. Smith 2:36. 

11- 40 D. & C. 101:23-31; Isa. 65:17-25. 

12- 41 Church News, Sept. 19. 1931. p. 6; Isa. 63:3-4; D. & C. 133:50-51,63- 64. 

12-42 D. & C. 13; Jos. Smith 2:68-72. 

12-43 Church News, Sept. 12, 1931, p. 2; D. & C. 110:1-16. 

12-44 Mai. 3:1. 


12- 45 D. &C. 36:8. 

13- 46 Era, vol, 39, p. 208; Mai. 3:1-5; D. & C. 1 10:1-16. 

13- 47 Dan. 7:9-14,21-27; 12:1-3; D. & C. 27:1 1; 78:15-16; 107:51-57; 116; 117:8, 11; 
Joseph Fielding Smith. Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pp. 122, 158. 

14- 48 D. &C. 87:6. 

14-49 Pers. Corresp. 

14-50 Church News, Feb. 6, 1932, p. 8. 

14-51 D.&C. 1:4; 20: 1; 27:6; 39: 1 1; 63:58; 84:2, 117; 86:4; 112:30; 115:4; 132:7. 

14-52 Eph. 1:9-10; D. & C. 27:12-13. 

14- 53 Millennial Star, vol. 93, p. 241; Dan. 7:22, 26-27. 

15- 54 D. & C. 52:11; 84:97. 

15-55 Conf. Rep., Oct., 1919, p. 146. 

15-56 Conf. Rep., Apr., 1931, p. 68; Euke 21:25-26. 

15-57 Conf. Rep., Apr., 1924, p. 40. 

15- 58 Church News, Aug. 2, 1941, p. 2; Matt. 13:24-30, 36-43; D. & C. 86:1- 11. 

16- 59 Conf. Rep., Apr., 1918, pp. 156-157. 

16-60 Conf. Rep., Oct., 1922, p. 75; D. & C. 121:23-26. 

16-61 Rel. Soc. Mag., vol. 18, p. 688. 

16-62 D. & C. 63:54. 

16- 63 Conf. Rep., Apr., 1911, p. 87. 

17- 64 D. & C. 38:10-12. 

17-65 Moses 8:28-30; Gen, 6:11-13. 

17-66 G. Homer Durham, Discourses of Wilford Woodruff, pp. 251-252. 

17- 67 Matt. 13:24-30; 36-43; D.&C. 86:1- 11. 

18- 68 Church News, May 8, 1937, p. 5. 

18-69 Jos. Smith 2:40; 3 Ne. 20:23. 

18-70 D. & C. 1:14. 

18- 71 Gen. & Hist. Mag., vol. 14, p. 5. 

19- 1 D. & C. 1; 2; 29; 43; 45; 58:4-12; 63:32-37, 49-54 64:23-25; 86; 87; 88:86-116; 97:15- 
28; 101:22-38; 110; 112:23-26; 133; Matt. 24; Mark 13; Luke 21; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; 5:1-10; 
2 Thess. 1:7-12; 2:1-12; 2 Pet. 3:1- 14; Jude 1:14-19; Rev. 7; 8; 9; 10; 11; 17; 18; 19; Isa. 

63; 64; 65; 66; Ezek. 37; 38; 39; Dan. 11; 12; Joel 1; 2; 3; Seph. 1; 2; 3; Hag. 2; Zech. 12; 
13; 14; Mai. 3; 4; Moses 7:60-67; Jos. Smith 1 

19- 2 Luke 21:25-26. 

20- 3 Moses 7:60-61. 

20-4 Moses 7; 8. 

20- 5 Moses 7:28-67. 

21- 6 Church News, Aug. 2, 1941, p. 1; D. & C. 43:17-35; 63:32-35; 88:86- 94. 

21-7 Mai. 4:5-6; Jos. Smith 2:36-39; D. & C. 2; 1 10:13-16. 

21-8 Matt. 24:6-7, 24,32-33. 

21- 9 Dan. 12:4; 2 Thess. 2:7-12; 2 Tim. 2:16; 3:1-7. 

22- 10 D. & C. 43:22-26; 88:88-91. 

22-11 2 Pet. 3:3-14. 


22-12 Church News, Sept. 26. 1931. p. 7; Luke 18:1-8. 

22-13 Gen. & Hist. Mag., vol. 31, p. 71; Isa. 6:9-12; John 12:37-41. 

22- 14 Church News, Sept. 26, 1931, p. 7; Jos. Smith 2:35-50. 

23- 15 D.&C. 84:49-53. 

23-16 Era, vol. 40, p. 377. 

23-17 Ex. 16; 17;Num. 11:31-35. 

25- 18 Conf. Rep., Oct., 1932, pp 88-89. 

26- 19 Ether 2:8-12. 

26-20 D. & C. 63:33. 

26-21 Luke 6:46. 

26- 22 D. & C. 42:29. 

27- 23 Church News, May 8, 1937, p. 5. 

28- 24 Moses 2:11-12; Gen. 1:11-12. 

28-25 D. & C. 59:5-20. 

28-26 Church News, May 4, 1935. p. 3. 

28-27 D. & C. 89:18-21; Ex. 16:26; Deut. 7:12-15; 28:58-63. 

28-28 D. &C. 93:40-43. 

28- 29 Rel. Soc. Mag., vol. 18, p. 683. 

29- 30 Church News, Aug. 2, 1941, p. 2. 

29-31 D. &C. 63:32-33. 

29-32 Joseph Fielding Smith, Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pp. 47-49, 87, 161- 

29- 33 Luke 19:41-44. 

30- 34 G. Homer Durham. Discourses of Wilford Woodruff, pp. 229-231. 

30-35 D. & C. 38:11-12; 2 Ne. 28:15-23. 

30- 36 D. & C. 133:5; Rev. 18:4; Isa. 48:20. 

31- 37 Conf. Rep., Apr., 1946. pp. 155-158. 

32- 38 Conf. Rep., Oct., 1932, pp. 90-92. 

32-39 D. & C. 97:25-26. 

32-40 Millennial Star, vol. 103, pp. 612- 622. 

32- 41 Smith, op. cit., pp. 162-163. 

33- 42 D. & C. 86:5-7 

33- 43 D. & C. 87:6. 

34- 44 Conf. Rep., Apr., 1937, pp. 60-62. 

34-45 Deut. 28; 29; 30. 

34-46 Mai. 3:7-12. 

34-47 D. & C. 89:18-21. 

34-48 D. & C. 59:7-24. 

34- 49 Conf. Rep., Apr., 1929, p. 56. 

35- 50 Conf. Rep., Oct., 1940, p. 117. 

36- 5 1 Church News, May 4, 1935, p. 6. 

36- 52 D. &C. 38:27. 

37- 53 Conf. Rep., Oct., 1916, p. 68. 


37-54 Matt. 5:45. 

37-55 Matt. 18:7; Luke 17:1. 

37-56 Dan. 11:35. 

37- 57 Pers. Corresp. 

38- 1 D. & C. 87:1-8. 

38-2 Matt. 6:9-10; D. & C. 65:1-6; Rev. 11-15; Dan. 7:9-10, 13-14, 18,27. 

38-3 Conf. Rep., Apr., 1935, p. 99; Mai. 4. 

38- 4 Moses 8:30; Gen. 6:13. 

39- 5 Gen. 19:1-29. 

39- 6 Gen. 15:13-21. 

40- 7 Deut. 20:17. 

40-8 Deut. 28. 

40-9 Ether 2:7-8. 

40- 10 Ether 14; 15. 

41- 11 2 Ne. 10:9-19. 

41-12 D.&C. 20:17. 

41-13 3 Ne. 9:2-5. 

41- 14 3 Ne. 9:6-14. 

42- 15 Matt. 24:37-41. 

42-16 Gen. & Hist. Mag., vol. 31, pp. 66-69; D. & C. 1:8-16; 2; 29:9-21; 63:32-35; 86:5-7; 
87; 133:41-74. 

42-17 D. &C. 63:32-35. 

42- 18 D.&C. 29:17. 

43- 19 D. &C. 63:33. 

43-20 D. & C. 97:22-23. 

43-21 D. & C. 1:35. 

43- 22 D. & C. 63:34; 112:23-26; 1 Pet. 4:17-18. 

44- 23 D. & C. 97:24-27. 

44- 24 Church News, May 4, 1935, p. 6. 

45- 25 Church News, Nov. 29, 1941, p. 3. 

45-26 Rev. 16:15-21. 

45-27 Joseph Fielding Smith, Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 280. 

45- 28 Matt. 24:36; Jos. Smith 1:40. 

46- 29 Millennial Star, vol. 103, p. 610. 

46-30 D. &C. 87:6. 

46-31 Joel 2; 3; Dan. 8; 11; 12. 

46- 32 Joel 3:1-2. 

47- 33 Joel 3:13-14 

47- 34 Zech. 11; 12; 13; 14; Ezek. 38; 39; Zeph. 3. 

48- 35 Church News, Aug. 2, 1941, p. 3. 

48-36 Era, vol. 40, p. 377; Matt. 13:41-43, 49-50; D. & C. 63:54. 

48- 37 D. &C. 1:35. 

49- 38 Conf. Rep., Apr., 1937, p. 59. 


49- 39 1 Thess. 5:1-7. 

50- 40 D. &C. 38:27. 

50-41 Church News, May 4, 1935, p. 6; Luke 6:46. 

50- 42 Church News, Feb., 6, 1932, p. 5. 

51- 43 Conf. Rep., Oct., 1944, pp. 144-145. 

52- 44 Church News, Jan. 7, 1933, p. 5. 

52-45 Matt. 24:42-44. 

52-46 D. & C. 110:16. 

52-47 D. & C. 45:26; 2 Pet. 3:3-14. 

52- 48 Matt. 24:36-37. 

53- 49 Millennial Star, vol. 93, pp. 250-251. 

53-50 Matt. 3:2. 

53-51 D. & C. 1:4-7. 

53- 52 Millennial Star, vol. 103, pp. 611-612 

54- 53 D. &C. 93:40. 

54- 54 Rel. Soc. Mag., vol. 18, p. 183; D. & C. 68:25-31. 

55- 1 D. & C. 38:11. 

55-2 D. & C. 133:46-51; Isa. 63:1-6. 

55-3 Isa. 2; 4; 11; 65:17-25; Micah 4:1-7; 2 Pet. 3:4-14 D. & C. 29:9-29; 43:17-34; 
45:11-60; 63:49-54; 101:23-37. 

55- 4 D. & C. 110:13-16. 

56- 5 Church News, Jan. 7, 1933, p. 7; D. & C. 88:86-87. 

56- 6 Tenth Article of Faith. 

57- 7 Church News, May 14, 1932, p. 6; D. & C. 101:24. 

57-8 D. & C. 101:25-26; 2 Pet. 3:10-14; Isa. 11:6-9; 65:25. 

57-9 Mai. 4; D. & C. 29:9; 64:23-34; 101:24; 133:64. 

57-10 Isa. 11:9; Jer. 31:34; Hab. 2:14. 

57-11 D. & C. 101:27-31; Isa. 65:17-25. 

57- 12 Mai. 4; D. & C. 29:9-11; 133:41-74. 

58- 13 D. & C. 63:49-52. 

59- 14 D. & C. 76:50-80; 88:96-99; Rev. 20:4-6. 

59- 15 Joseph Fielding Smith, Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pp. 268- 269. 

60- 16 D. &C. 76:81-88,98-112; 88:100 102. 

60-17 Rev. 20:5. 

60-18 Matt. 25:31-46. 

60- 19 Church News, Jan. 7, 1933, P. 7; Rev. 20: 1 1-15; 2 Ne. 9: 10-16, 46. 

61- 20 Rev. 19:5-9. 

61-21 Matt. 9:15; 25:1-13; D. & C. 33:17; 65:3; 88:92; 133:10, 19. 

61- 22 Rev. 21:2-3,9-11. 

62- 23 D. & C. 109:73-74. 

62-24 Era, vol. 57. p. 304. 

62-25 Mai. 4:1. 

62-26 Isa. 24:6. 


63-27 D. &C. 101:23-25. 

63-28 Discourses of Brigham Young, 1925 ed., pp. 182-183; 1943 ed., p. 119. 
63-29 Smith, op. cit., pp. 268-269; Zech. 14:16-21. 

63- 30 D. & C. 5:18-19; 29:9-10; 101:23-25. 

64- 31 Isa. 65:17-20; D. & C. 101:28-31. 

65- 32 Isa. 11:6-9; 65:25; Hab. 2:14. 

65-33 Jos. Smith 2:40. 

65- 34 Era, vol. 58, pp. 142, 176; Jer. 31:34. 

66- 35 Gen. & Hist. Mag., vol. 21, p. 154. 

66-36 D. & C. 88:86-1 16; 1 Cor. 15:24-28; Rev. 20. 

66- 37 Church News, Aug. 19, 1933, p. 4; D. & C. 88:16-28. 

67- 38 Isa. 2:2-5; Micah 4:1-7; 2 Ne. 12:2-5. 

67-39 Era, vol. 26, p. 960; 3 Ne. 20:22; 21:20-29; Ether 13:2-11. 

67-40 Era, vol. 33, pp. 467-468; Moses 7:17-21, 68-69. 

67- 41 Isa. 2:2-3. 

68- 42 Ezek. 37:15-28. 

68-43 Gen. 49:22-25. 

68- 44 D. & C. 133:12-13. 

69- 45 3 Ne. 20:22. 

69-46 Ether 13:2-5. 

69-47 D. & C. 28:9; 42:9. 

69-48 D. & C. 45:66-67; 57:2; 58:7. 

69- 49 D. & C. 84:2-5. 

70- 50 Era, vol. 22, pp 814-816: D. & C. 133:26-35. 

70-51 Isa. 40:9. 

70-52 Joel 3:16-17. 

70-53 Isa. 64:10. 

70- 54 Isa. 2:3. 

71- 55 3 Ne. 20:22: 21:20-29; Ether 13:1- 12. 

71- 56 Church News, Nov. 21, 1931. p. 6. 

72- 57 Moses 7:62-64. 

72-58 Ezek. 37:28; D. & C. 133:12-13, 30- 35. 

72- 59 Era, vol. 33, p. 468. 

73- 60 2 Ne. 5:16. 

73-61 Ether 1:42. 

73- 62 1 Ne. 2:20. 

74- 63 Origin of the "Reorganized" Church, pp. 96-97; Smith, op. cit., p. 362. 

74-64 D. &C. 57:1-3; 84:1-3. 

74-65 Smith, op. cit.,pp. 122, 158-159. 

74-66 D. & C. 107:53-57. 

74-67 Dan. 7:9-14, 21-22, 26-27. 

74-68 Gen. 1:9-10. 

74-69 Gen. 10:25. 


75-70 D. &C. 133:21-25. 

75- 71 Pers. Corresp.; Rev. 6:14; 16:20. 

76- 72 D.&C. 28:1-16. 

76-73 D. & C. 38:32. 

76-74 D. & C. 38:20. 

76-75 D. & C. 42:8-9. 

76- 76 D.&C. 42:10,30-42. 

77- 77 D. &C. 52:2,42-43. 

77- 78 D. &C. 57:1-2. 

78- 79 D. & C. 58:3-4. 

78- 80 D. & C. 58:44-58. 

79- 81 D. & C. 124:49-54. 

79- 82 Era, vol. 33. pp. 468-469. 

80- 1 Era, vol. 31, p. 256; D. & C. 88:36-45; Abra. 3:1-28. 

80-2 Millennial Star, vol. 90, p. 305; D. & C. 1:38. 

80- 3 Heb. 5:4; Ps. 105:26; Ex. 28; 29; Lev. 8; D. & C. 27:8. 

81- 4 D. & C. 132:8-12. 

81-5 Church News, Aug. 22, 1931, p. 2; D. & C. 63:60-62. 

81-6 Millennial Star, vol. 90, p. 305. 

81- 7 Pers. Corresp.; Alma 13:3-9; Joseph Fielding SMith, Teachings of the Prophet Joseph 
Smith, pp. 157, 167, 365. 

82- 8 Church News, Aug. 11, 1945, p. 1;D. & C. 78:16. 

82-9 Moses 5:11-15, 57-59; 6:1-9, 50-68; D. & C. 20:17-28. 

82-10 Moses 8:13-30. 

82- 11 D. & C. 84:6-17; 107:1-4; Abra. 1:1-4; Alma 13:14-19; Inspired Version, Gen. 

83- 12 Heb. 7:1-4. 

83-13 Millennial Star, vol. 90. pp. 305-306; Inspired Version, Heb. 7:3. 

83-14 Era, vol. 38, pp. 209-212. 

83- 15 Ex. 19:5-6; 1 Pet. 2:5, 9. 

84- 16 D. &C. 84:18-27. 

84-17 Mosiah 13:27-31. 

84-18 Gal. 3:19-24; 3 Ne. 9:15-22; 12:18; 15:1-10. 

84- 19 Era, vol 57, pp. 622-623; D. & C. 13. 

85- 20 Gen. & Hist. Mag., vol. 13, pp. 55-56; Smith, op. cit., p. 181. 86-21 Church News, 
Aug. 11, 1945, p. 6; Num. 3:5-51; 4:1-49; 8:10-19. 86-22 D. & C. 107:1, 13-14. 

86- 23 Luke 1:5-80; D. & C. 84:26-27. 

87- 24 2 Ne. 6:2; Mosiah 29:42; Alma 6:8; 13:1-20; Moro. 3:1-4. 

87- 25 Pers. Corresp.; Abra. 2:9-11; D. & C. 84:6-16; Gen. 25:1-34. 

88- 26 Rev. 12:1-17. 

88-27 D. &C. 13. 

88-28 D.&C. 27:12; 128:20. 

88-29 Matt. 28:16-20; Mark 16:14-18. 


88- 30 Church News, Dec. 13, 1950, p. 15. 

89- 31 D. & C. 84:28. 

89-32 Ex. 28:1, 40-43; 29:4-9; Num. 3:1-4. 

91-33 D. & C. 18:11-12. 

91-34 Acts 10. 

91-35 Acts 9:1-22. 

91- 36 Church News, Sept, 2. 1933, p. 4; Jos. Smith 2:68-74. 

92- 37 Times and Seasons, vol. 2, p. 201. 

93- 38 Pers. Corresp.; D. & C. 68:13-21; 107:13-17. 

93-39 D. &C. 84:32-34. 

93-40 Mai. 3:1-4; D. & C. 13; 124:39; 128:24. 

93-41 Ezek. 43:18-27; 44:9-27. 

93- 42 History of the Church, vol. 1, pp. 357-359. 

94- 43 D. & C. 124:38-39. 

94.44 Church News, Aug. 1 1, 1945, p. 6; D. & C. 84:24. 

94-45 Acts 3:19-21; Eph. 1:10; Tenth Article of Faith; Isa. 65:17-25; D. & C. 101:22-31. 
94-46 Moses 5:5-8. 

94- 47 Pers. Corresp.; Smith, op. cit., p. 172; 3 Ne. 9:19-20. 

95- 48 History of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, vol. 3, pp. 

96- 49 D. & C. 107:5. 

96-50 D. & C. 20:63-65; 26:2; 124:144. 

96-51 Acts 3:19-21. 

96- 52 Luke 17:26. 

97- 53 Elders Journal, July, 1838. 

97-54 D. &C. 128:18. 

100- 55 2 Ne. 3:4-25; Inspired Version, Gen. 50:24-38. 

101- 56 D. &C. 84:28. 

102- 57 Era, vol. 7. pp. 938-943. 

103- 1 D. & C. 107:1-6. 

103-2 D. & C. 20:46-59; 84:26-30; 107:20. 

103-3 Joseph Fielding Smith, Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 167. 

103- 4 Smith, op. cit., pp. 180-181. 

104- 5 D. & C. 107:39-57. 

104- 6 Pers. Corresp. 

105- 7 Church News, Sept. 9. 1933, p. 4; D. & C. 107:6-38, 89-98. 

105-8 Pers. Corresp. 

105- 9 D. & C. 84:29-30; 107:5, 14. 

106- 10 Church News, Sept. 9, 1933, p. 4; 1 Cor. 12:1-31. 

106-11 D. & C. 95:5-6, 12-13; 121:34-36; 130:20-21; 132:7. 

106-12 D. &C. 107:99-100. 

106-13 Era, vol. 41, p. 653; D. & C. 20:65. 

106-14 D. &C. 107:22. 


106- 15 D.&C. 20:67. 

107- 16 Gen. 48:13-14. 

107- 17 Gen. 24:1-9. 

108- 18 Isa. 41:10. 

108-19 Ps. 110:1; Matt 22:44; 25:33-46; Acts 7:55; Rom. 8:34; 1 Pet. 3:22. 

108-20 Gal. 2:9. 

108- 21 Pers. Corresp.; Smith, op. cit., p. 151. 

109- 22 Jer. 3:15. 

109-23 Jer. 10:21. 

109-24 Jer. 17:16. 

109-25 Eph. 4:11; Jer. 23:1-2. 

109-26 Era, vol. 56, p. 826. 

109-27 Pers. Corresp. 

109- 28 1 Tim. 3:8-13. 

110- 29 D. & C. 107:52. 

1 10-30 D. &C. 84:28. 

110- 31 Era, vol. 57, p. 17. 

1 1 1- 32 Pers. Corresp. 

111- 33 Church News, Sept. 9, 1933, p. 4; D. & C. 20:57-60; 84:111. 

112- 34 D. & C. 20:53-60; 84:111; Ezek. 33:2-9. 

112- 35 Conf. Rep., Oct. 1919, p. 114; D. & C. 20:46-60; 42:78-93; 68:33. 

113- 36 1 Sam. 1:1-18; 3:1-18; Ex. 35; 36; 37; 38; 39; 40. 

113- 37 Num. 3:5-51. 

114- 38 Num. 7:3-9. 

114-39 Church News, Aug. 11, 1945. p. 6; 1 Pet. 2:9. 

114- 40 Era, vol. 41, p. 680. 

115- 41 Conf. Rep., Oct., 1945. p. 95; D. & C. 107:21-40. 58-100. 

116- 42 Era, vol. 41, p. 653. 

116- 43 D. & C. 107:21, 60-66, 85-100. 

117- 44 Conf. Rep., Oct., 1945, p. 95; D. & C. 64:40. 

117-45 Conf. Rep., Oct., 1911, p. 118. 

117- 46 Conf. Rep.. Oct., 1942, p. 18. 

118- 47 Conf. Rep., Oct., 1945, p. 98; D. & C. 4:1-7. 

118-48 D. & C. 18:10-16. 

118- 49 Era, vol. 41. p. 680. 

119- 50 D. & C. 84:44. 

120- 51 Era, vol. 41. p. 653; D. & C. 84:33- 42. 

120-52 D. & C. 107:1-4. 

120-53 In Hebrew and certain other Eastern languages, a "vowel point" was a mark placed 
above or below a consonant, representing the vowel sound which precedes or follows the 
consonant sound. The "incommunicable name" of Deity has been preserved only in the form 
of four consonants. Traditionally this name of the Supreme being was not pronounced except 
with the vowel points of Adonai or Elohim, so that the true pronunciation was lost. The four 


consonants are variously written IHVH, JHVH, JHWH, YHVH, YHWH. Numerous attempts 
have been made to represent the supposed original form, as Jahaveh. Jahvah, Jahve, Javeh. 
Yahve, Yahveh, Yahwe, Yahweh, etc. 

121-54 Ex. 20:7; Deut. 5:ll;Mosiah 13:15. 

121-55 Lev. 24:16. 

123- 56 Era, vol. 44, p. 204. 

124- 57 Conf. Rep., June. 1919. p. 92: D. & C. 20:60-67; 26:2. 

125- 1 Eph. 1:9-10. 

125-2 Matt. 17:10-13; Inspired Version. Matt 17:9-14. 

125- 3 Acts 3:19-21. 

126- 4 D. &C. 110:11-16; 112:30-33; 128:18-21. 

126-5 Gen. & Hist. Mag., vol. 27. pp. 98-99. 101. 

126- 6 Gen. & Hist. Mag., vol. 27, pp. 49- 50; D. & C. 2: 1-3; 1 10:1 1-16; Mai. 4:5-6. 

127- 7 Gen. & Hist. Mag., vol. 27. p. 100; D. & C. 110:12. 

127-8 Conf. Rep., Apr., 1936, p. 74. 

127- 9 Gen. & Hist. Mag., vol. 13, p. 57; D. & C. 27:9; 1 Kings 17; 18; 19; 2 Kings 1; 2:1- 

128- 10 Conf. Rep., Apr., 1936. p. 74. 

128- 11 Pers. Corresp.; D. & C. 90:3; 112:30- 33. 

129- 12 Joseph Fielding Smith, Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 172. 

129- 13 Elijah the Prophet and His Mission, pp. 18-20; Smith, op. cit., p. 158; Matt. 17:1- 13. 

130- 14 Conf. Rep., Apr., 1948, p. 135. 

130- 15 Gen. & Hist. Mag., vol. 27, pp. 100- 101. 

131- 16 Smith, op. cit., p. 308. 

131-17 D. &C. 124:28-42. 

131- 18 Smith, op. cit., p. 107. 

132- 19 Elijah the Prophet and His Mission, pp. 28-29. 

132- 20 D. & C. 76:95; 88:107. 

133- 21 Gen. & Hist. Mag., vol. 21. pp. 99- 100. 

133-22 Smith, op. cit., p. 330. 

133- 23 Gen. & Hist. Mag., vol. 21, p. 57; D. & C. 128:22. 

134- 24 D. & C. 132:6-14. 

134-25 D. & C. 88:35. 

134-26 Gen. & Hist. Mag., vol. 27. p. 53. 

134- 27 Joseph F. Smith, Gospel Doctrine, 4th ed., p. 168. 

135- 28 D. &C. 112:21-22. 

135- 29 Church News, Sept. 16, 1933, p. 4: D. & C. 132:7. 

136- 30 Gen. & Hist. Mag., vol. 27. pp. 101- 102. 

136-31 Elijah the Prophet and His Mission, pp. 24, 31. 

138-32 Church News, May 6, 1939, pp. 5, 7. 

138- 33 D. &C. 132:7. 

139- 34 Gen. & Hist. Mag., vol. 27. pp. 51- 52. 

140- 35 D.&C. 84:33-38. 


140- 36 D. &C. 76:53-58. 

141- 37 D. &C. 84:39-41. 

141-38 Conf. Rep., Oct., 1945, pp. 98-99. 

141- 39 Smith, op. cit, pp. 322-323; Heb. 7:17-28. 

142- 40 Church News, Mar. 30, 1935, p. 6. 

142- 41 D. &C. 84:19-22. 

143- 42 Church News, Mar. 30, 1940, p. 4. 

144- 1 D. & C. 107:23-24, 33-35; 112:21; 124:128. 

144-2 Matt. 10:1-6; 15:21-28; Mark 7:24-30 Acts 10:1-48. 

144-3 D. & C. 90:9; 1 Ne. 13:42; Matt. 19:30; 20:1-16; Mark 10:28-31; Luke 13:23- 30. 

144- 4 Luke 21:24: Rom. 1 1:25-27: D. & C. 45:24-30. 

145- 5 D.&C. 84:62-63. 

145- 6 Journal of Discourses, vol. 4, p. 145. 

146- 7 D. & C. 107:21-39; 112:14-34. 

147- 8 D. &C. 13. 

147-9 D. & C. 84:29-30: 107:5; Joseph F. Smith, Gospel Doctrine, 4th ed., pp. 169, 184. 
147-10 D. & C. 20:1-4; 27:12-13. 

147-11 Era, vol. 38, pp. 208-209. 

149-12 Church News, Sept. 9, 1933, p. 4. 

149- 13 D. & C. 18:26-40. 

150- 14 Era vol. 38, p. 212 

151- 15 Pers. Corresp.; Acts 1:15-26. 

151-16 Joseph Fielding Smith Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pp. 157-159, 166- 

151-17 Acts 1:15-26. 

151- 18 John 21:20-23; Rev. 10:8-11; D. & C. 7:1-8; 77:14. 

152- 19 John 21:15-19. 

152-20 Acts 21:10-40; 22; 23; 24; 25; 26; 27; 28. 

152-21 Eph. 4:11-16. 

152-22 Rev. 12:1-17. 

152- 23 Matt. 16:13-19; 17:1-13; D. & C. 81:1-2; Smith, op. cit., 158. 

153- 24 Era, vol. 38, pp. 209, 212. 

153-25 Acts 1:15-26; Eph. 4:11-16. 

153-26 1 Tim. 2:7. 

153-27 Luke 24:36-53; Acts 1:1-14; 1 Cor. 15:5, 7. 

153-28 Acts 9:1-9; 22:6-16. 

153- 29 Acts 1:15-26; Eph. 4:11-16; Rom. 16:7; 1 Cor. 12:28-29; Gal. 1:19. 

154- 30 Pers. Corresp. 

154- 31 Times and Seasons, vol. 5, p. 651. 

155- 32 Times and Seasons, vol. 5, p. 698. 

155-33 The "Reorganized" Church vs. Salvation for the Dead, pp. 7-9. 156-34 D. & C. 

157-35 D. & C. 107:8, 22, 64-66. 


157- 36 Pers. Corresp. 

158- 37 1 Ne. 12:8-10. 

158- 38 3 Ne. 11:18-41; 12:1-2; 13:25-34; 15:4-9; 18:1-37: 19:1-36; 28:1-40. 

159- 39 Era, vol. 57, p. 702; 3 Ne. 16:1-4; 17:4. 

160- 1 D. & C. 68:14-24; 107:15-17, 39-41. 

160-2 Era, vol. 45. p. 695. 

160-3 Era, vol. 38. p. 216; D. & C. 107:55. 

160-4 D. & C. 107:41-52. 

160- 5 Joseph Fielding Smith, Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 157. 

161- 6 Church News, Aug. 11, 1945. p. 1; Abra. 1:1-4; 2:6-11; D. & C. 84:6-16. 

161- 7 Era, vol. 38, p. 216; Gen. 48:1-22. 

162- 8 Church News, Aug. 1 1, 1945 pp. 1, 6; D. & C. 84:18-27; Inspired Version, Ex. 34:1- 

162-9 Gen. 35:21-22; 49:3-4, 22-26; 1 Chron. 5:1-2. 

162- 10 Gen. 48:1-22; Deut. 33:13-17; Jer. 31:9; D. & C. 133:34. 

163- 11 It has been erroneously stated in the Doctrine and Covenants Commentary, old 
edition, p. 869, that John Young, father of Brigham Young, was the first man ordained to the 
office of patriarch, and that this was after the return of Zion's Camp in 1834. Joseph Smith. 
Sen., was ordained December 18, 1833. nearly one year before the ordination of John 
Young. J.F.S. 

163-12 Gen. & Hist. Mag., vol. 23. p. 50-53. 

163- 13 D. & C. 107:53-55. 

164- 14 Smith, op. cit., pp. 38-39. 

164-15 D. &C. 23:3. 

164- 16 Era, vol. pp. 695, 737. 

165- 17 D. &C. 124:91-93. 

165-18 D. &C. 124:94 

165- 19 Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, vol. 1, chap. 13. 

166- 20 D. &C. 124:95-96. 

166-21 Gen. & Hist. Mag., vol. 23. pp. 50-53. 

166- 22 Smith, Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 40. 

167- 23 Era, vol. 38, p. 216. 

168- 24 Gen. & Hist. Mag., vol. 23, pp. 50-53. 

168-25 D. & C. 95:5-6, 12; 121:34-46. 

168-26 Era, vol. 45, pp. 737-738. 

168- 27 Gen. & Hist. Mag., vol. 23, pp. 50-53. 

169- 28 Era, vol. 45, pp. 737-739. 

169- 29 Gen & Hist. Mag., vol. 23, p. 53. 

170- 30 Gen. & Hist. Mag., vol. 23 pp. 49-50; D. & C. 107:39-42; Smith, op. cit., p. 151. 

170- 31 Era, vol. 45, p. 738. 

171- 32 Abra. 2:9-1 1; Smith, op. cit., pp. 149-150. 

172- 33 Pers. Corresp. 

173- 34 Jas. 5:13-15. 


173-35 Mark 6:5, 13; 16:18; Luke 13:12-13. 

173-36 1 Kings 17:19-24. 

173- 37 2 Kings 4:18-37. 

174- 38 D. &C. 12:43-44. 

175- 39 D.&C. 24:14. 

176- 40 Journal History, Feb. 18. 1903. 

169-28 Era, vol. 45. pp. 737-738. 

169-29 Gen & Hist. Mag., vol. 23, p. 53. 

177- 41 Era, vol. 10, p, 308. 

177- 42 Smith, op. cit., pp. 224-225. 

178- 43 Era, vol. 58, pp. 558-559, 607. 

179- 44 Joseph F. Smith, Gospel Doctrine, 4th ed., pp. 256-257. 

180- 45 D.&C. 42:44. 

180-46 Pers. Corresp.; Era, vol. 25, p. 1 122. 

180- 47 Jacob 5; D.&C. 101:43-54; Jer. 11:16; Rev. 11:4. 

181- 48 Church History, vol. 1, p. 316. 

181-49 Ex. 27:20. 

181-50 Ex. 30:24-25. 

181- 51 Ex. 37:29. 

182- 52 Zech. 4:11-14. 

182-53 Ps. 23:5; 45:7; 89:20; 92:10; Heb. 1:9. 

182-54 Deut. 28:40. 

182- 55 Micah 6:15. 

183- 56 Jas. 5:14-15. 

183- 57 Church News, Sept. 1, 1934. 

184- 1 2 Pet. 1:20-21. 

184- 2 Church News, Jan. 2, 1937, p. 1. 

185- 3 See: J. Paterson Smyth, How We Got Our Bible, a brief, excellent work on the early 
translations of the Bible and the historical settings in which they came forth. 

186- 5 J. L. Motley, The Rise of the Dutch Republic, Burt's ed., vol. 1, p. 68. 

186- 6 Motley, op. cit., p. 99. 

187- 6 John 5:39 2 Tim. 3:16-17. 

187-7 Young Woman's Journal, vol. 28, pp. 592-594. 

187-8 Moses 1:40-42 

187-9 Church News, Aug. 1, 1931, p. 2; Eighth Article of Faith. 

187- 10 2 Pet. 1:20-21. 

188- 11 Church News, June 12, 1949, p. 24. 

188- 12 Gen. 9:3. 

189- 13 Gen. 49:9-22. 

189-14 Ps. 57:4. 

189-15 Eccles. 10:2. 

189-16 John 1:29. 

189-17 Matt. 23:13-33. 


189-18 John 21:15-17. 

189-19 Matt. 25:31-34. 

189- 20 Matt. 13:24-30,36-43. 

190- 21 Gen. 44:18-34. 

190-22 Matt. 5; 6; 7. 

190-23 Church News, Oct. 31, 1936, p. 1. 

190-24 2 Ne. 29:3. 

190- 25 2 Pet. 1:20-21. 

191- 26 1 Ne. 13:23-32. 

191-27 Era, vol. 19, p. 196. 

191- 28 Pers. Corresp.; J. Reuben Clark, Jr., Why the King Janies Version, pp. 1- 473. 

192- 29 D.&C. 1:6. 

194- 30 History of the Church, vol. 2, p. 245; Doctrine and Covenants, explanatory 
introduction, p. v. 

195- 3 1 History of the Church, vol. 2, p. 243. 

197-32 History of the Church vol. 2, pp. 246-247. 

200-33 D.&C. 1:37. 

200- 34 Rel. Soc. Mag., vol. 21, pp. 22-28. 

201- 35 D.&C. 1:1-7. 

201- 36 Conf. Rep., Oct., 1919, p. 146. 

202- 37 3 Ne. 26:6-12; Ether 3:21-28; 4:4-8. 

202-38 D. & C. 59:4; 101:32-34. 

202-39 Gen. & Hist. Mag., vol. 16, p. 67. 

202- 40 Pers. Corresp. 

203- 41 Rel. Soc. Mag., vol. 18, p. 686. 

204- 42 Pers. Corresp. 

205- 43 Ex. 20:7. 

206- 44 D.&C. 50:23. 

207- 45 D.&C. 88:118. 

208- 46 Neh. 8:8. 

208- 47 Era, vol. 16, pp. 1000-1005. 

209- 1 Era, vol. 23, pp. 503-504; Moro. 10:3-5. 

209- 2 Ezek. 37:15-28; 2 Ne. 3:12; 29:13; D. & C. 27:5. 

210- 4 Era vol. 26, pp. 960-961. 

210- 5 Gen. & Hist. Mag., vol. 21, p. 4. 

211- 5 Church News, Aug. 26, 1933, p. 4; 2 Ne. 27; Isa. 29. 

211-6 Morm. 5:12-15; 7:8-9. 

211- 7 2 Ne. 27:11. 

212- 8 Rel. Soc. Mag., vol. 14, pp. 424-425. 

212- 9 Gen. 48:3-22; 49:22-26; Inspired Version, Gen. 50:24-38; 2 Ne. 3:1-25. 

213- 10 Isa. 29:1 1-12; 2 Ne. 27. 

213- 11 Jos. Smith 2:63-65. 

214- 12 John 10:16. 


214-13 Matt. 10:5-6; 15:24. 

214- 14 3 Ne. 15:11-24. 

215- 15 Matt. 13:10-13. 

215-16 Era, vol. 26, pp. 959-962. 

215-17 D. &C. 5:30. 

215- 18 D. &C. 10:4. 

216- 19 D. &C. 9:8. 

216- 20 Jos. Smith 2:63-65. 

217- 21 Jos. Smith 2:66-68; History of the Church, vol. 1, pp. 35, 39. 

217- 22 History of the Church, vol. 1, p. 71. 

2 1 8- 23 Era, vol. 30, pp. 946-948. 

219- 24 Era, vol. 10, pp. 572-576. 

220- 25 Rel. Soc. Mag., vol. 14, p. 425. 

221- 26 Rel. Soc. Mag., vol. 17, pp. 425-426. 

222- 27 Rel. Soc. Mag., vol. 14, pp. 426-429. 

222-28 Era, vol. 12, p. 558-559. 

222-29 Mosiah 8:13-17. 

222-30 Abra. 3:1-4. 

222- 31 Ex. 28:30; Lev. 8:8; Num. 27:21; Deut. 33:8; 1 Sam. 28:6; Ezra 2 63; Neh. 7:65. 

223- 32 Ether 3:22-24, 27-28. 

223-33 D. & C. 17:1. 

223-34 Mosiah 28: 11-14. 

223- 35 Mosiah 21:28. 

224- 36 Omni 1:20-21. 

224-37 Ether 3:21-28. 

224-38 Mosiah 21:27. 

224-39 Mosiah 28: 11-19. 

224-40 Ether 4:1. 

224-41 Alma 63:12. 

224- 42 Ether 4:2-7. 

225- 43 2 Ne. 27:8. 

225-44 Ether 4:6. 

225-45 3 Ne. 26:8-11. 

225-46 Era, vol. 57, pp. 382-383; D. & C. 17:1. 

225- 47 B. H. Roberts, A Comprehensive History of the Church, vol. 6, pp. 230-231. 

226- 48 Jos. Smith 2:34-35. 

226-49 Pers. Corresp. 

228-1 Isa. 55:8-9. 

228- 2 Era, vol. 30. pp. 948-949; Matt. 12:32. 

229- 3 2 Ne. 28:5. 

229-4 2 Ne. 29:3. 

229-5 2 Ne. 27:14,26-27. 

229-6 2 Ne. 3; 4; 25; 26; 27; 28; 29. 


229-7 Era, vol. 26, pp. 958-959. 

229- 8 It is well known that Oliver Cowdery and David Whitmer left the Church, but it has 
been generally supposed that Martin Harris was never excommunicated, he Journal History 
of the Church under date of Jan. 1, 1838. however, tells of his excommunication by the High 
Council in Kirtland in Dec., 1837. He was rebaptized Sept. 17, 1870. in Salt Lake City by 
Edward Stevenson and confirmed the same day by Orson Pratt. Journal History. Sept. 17, 

230- 9 History of the Church, vol. 1, pp. 52- 59. 

230-10 2 Ne. 27:14. 

230- 11 Deut. 17:6; 19:15; Matt. 18:15-16; 2 Cor. 13:1. 

231- 12 Moro. 10:3-5. 

231-13 Era, vol. 30. pp. 952-953. 

231- 14 John 7:14-17. 

232- 15 Conf. Rep., Oct., 1949. p. 89; Moro. 10:3-5. 

232-16 Alma 50:34; 52:9; 63:5; Morm. 2:29; 3:5. 

232- 17 Gen. 6; 7; 8; Moses 7:36-43, 51-52; 8:22-30; Alma 10:22; 3 Ne. 22:9; Ether 6:7. 

233- 18 Ether 15:8-11. 

233- 19 Morm. 6:4. 

234- 20 History of the Church, 1948 ed., vol. 2, pp. 79-80. 

234- 21 Morm. 5; 6. 

235- 22 Morm. 6:6. 

236- 23 Messenger and Advocate, July, 1835. pp. 158-159. 

235- 24 Messenger and Advocate, Oct., 1834. p. 13. 

236- 25 Times and Seasons, Apr. 15, 1841, vol. 2, p. 379. 

237- 26 Millennial Star, vol. 40, p. 772. 

237- 27 D. & C. 128:20. 

238- 28 History of the Church, 1948 ed., vol. 2, pp. 79-80. Through error the part of this 
quotation naming the Hill Cumorah" and specifying that Zelph died in the last great struggle 
was omitted in editions prior to 1948. It was, however quoted correctly, as written by the 
Prophet and here given, in vol. 6 of the Times and Seasons of Jan. 1, 1846. 

239- 29 Times and Seasons, vol. 6. p. 788. 

239-30 Millennial Star. vol. 16. p. 296. 

239- 31 Journal of Samuel D. Tyler, Sept. 25, 1838, filed in Church Historian's Office. 

240- 32 Ether 15:8-11. 

241- 33 Church News, Sept. 10, 1938, pp. 1, 6; reprinted. Feb. 27, 1954, pp. 2-3. 

242- 34 President Joseph Fielding Smith was attending the first general conference of the 
Eastern States Mission, convened at the Joseph Smith Farm near Palmyra, New York, on 
Sept. 21 to 23, 1923 — the one hundredth anniversary of the appearance of Moroni to Joseph 

243- 35 Rel. Soc. Mag., vol. 10. pp. 586-587. 

244- 1 3 Ne. 20:25-27; Acts 3:23-26. 

244-2 Gen. 1;2;3;4. 

244-3 Moses 2; 3; 4; 5; 6. 


244-4 Gen. 5:21-24; Moses 6; 7; 8. 

244- 5 Gen. 6; 7; 8; 9; Moses 8. 

245- 6 Abra. 2:8-11; Gen. 12:1-3; 13:14-17; 15:5-6: 17:1-27; 22:15-19. 245-7 Gen. 26:1-5, 
24; 28:1-22; 32:24-30; 35:9-12; 48; 49. 

245-8 D. &C. 84:6-14. 

245-9 Gen. 25:1-4; 1 Chron. 1:32-34. 

245-10 Acts 10. 

245- 11 Church News, May 6, 1939, p. 3. 

246- 12 Abra. 2:8-11; 3 Ne. 20:26-27; Joseph Fielding Smith. Teachings of the Prophet 
Joseph Smith pp. 149-150. 

246- 13 Gen. 12:1-3. 

247- 14 Rom. 11. 

247-15 Matt. 3:9-10. 

247-16 Matt. 8:10-12. 

247-17 Era, vol. 26, pp. 1 149-1 150. 

247-18 Gen. 48:5-22; Jer. 31:9. 

247-19 D. &C. 133:30-34. 

247-20 Hos. 7:8;9:16-17. 

247- 21 Franklin D. Richards, quoted in Contributor, vol. 17, p. 428. 

248- 22 Brigham Young, quoted in Journal of Discourses, vol. 2. pp. 268-269. 

248-23 D. & C. 86:8-11. 

248-24 Anthony W. Ivins, quoted in Gen. & Hist. Mag., vol. 23, p. 5. 

248- 25 This is not Orson Hyde. J.F.S. 

249- 26 Rom. 9:1-8. 

250- 27 John 8:33-50. 

250-28 D. &C. 84:33-41. 

250-29 Acts 17:29; Heb. 12:9. 

250-30 Rom. 8:14-17; Moses 6:68. 

250- 31 1 Chron. 5:1-2. 

251- 32 Gen. 49:22-26. 

251-33 Gen. 48:5-22. 

251- 34 Hos. 7:8. 

252- 35 D.&C. 64:35-36. 

252- 36 Isa. 2:1-5; 5:26-30; 11:1-16; 18:1-3; 29:1-24; Jer. 3:12-18; 16:1 1-21; 31:6- 14,31- 

253- 37 Journal History, Oct. 13, 1852. 

253-38 History of the Church, vol. 1, p. 176. 

253-39 Journal of Discourses, vol. 2. pp. 268-269. 

253- 40 Discourses of Brigham Young, 2nd ed., p. 670. 

254- 41 Gen. & Hist. Mag., vol. 21, pp. 1-4. 

254-42 Deut. 4:27-31; 28; 29: 30. 

254-43 Isa. 2:1-5; 5:26-30; 11:1-16; 14:1-2; 18:1-3; 29:1-24; 35:4-10; 43:5-7; 54:1-17; 61:4. 
254-44 Jer. 3:12-18; 12:14-17; 16:11-21; 23:2-8; 30:3; 31:6-14, 31-34; 32:37- 40; 33:7-14; 


50:4-8. 20. 

254-45 Ezek. 11:16-21; 20:33-44; 28:25-26; 34:11-31; 37:15-28. 

254-46 Amos 9:14-15. 

254-47 Hos. 1:10-11; 14:1-9. 

254-48 Era, vol. 55, p. 81; Neh. 1:8-9; Ps. 14:7; 107:1-7; Mic. 4:107; Zeph. 3:14-20. 

254- 49 Isa. 1 1:1 1-12; Jos. Smith 2:36-41. 

255- 50 Dan. 2:44. 

255- 51 Rom. 1:16-17. 

256- 52 Conf. Rep., Apr., 191 1, p. 124. 

257- 53 Gen. & Hist. Mag., vol. 14, pp. 2-3. 

257-54 Ex. 3:1-22. 

257-55 Matt. 17:1-13; Smith, op. cit.,p. 158. 

257- 56 D. &C. 110:11. 

258- 57 Gen. & Hist. Mag., vol. 27, pp. 99 100. 

258-58 Luke 21:24-26. 

258- 59 Jos. Smith 2:41. 

259- 60 Church News, Oct. 31, 1931, p. 6. 

259-61 1 Ne. 13:42; Luke 13:28-30. 

259-62 D. & C. 45:28-30. 

259- 63 D. & C. 133:12-14. 

260- 64 Gen. & Hist. Mag., vol. 14, pp. 3-4. 

260-65 Isa. 29:17. 

262-66 Luke 21:20-24. 

262-67 Church News, July 23, 1952. p. 14. 

262- 68 Alma 10:3. 

263- 69 Acts 21:37-39: 22:3. 

264- 70 Rom. 11:1. 

264-71 Phil. 3:5. 

264-72 D. & C. 19:27. 

264-73 D. & C. 57:4. 

264-74 Era, vol. 58, p. 702. 

267-1 Gen. 1; 2; Moses 2; 3. 

267-2 2 Ne. 2:22. 

267-3 Moses 5:13. 

267-4 Era. vol. 55, pp. 80-81. 

267-5 Eph. 4:11-14. 

267- 6 Church News, Dec. 13, 1950. p. 15. 

268- 7 Preface, James L. Barker, The Divine Church, vol. 2. p. 3. 

269- 8 Acts 20:29-30. 

269-9 2 Thess. 2:3. 

269-10 2 Pet. 2:1-2. 

269-11 Eph. 4:11-16; Acts 1:15-26; Rom. 16:7; 1 Cor. 12:28-29; 1 Tim. 2:7; Gal. 1:19. 
269-12 Barker, op. cit., vol. 1. p. 3. 


270-13 Millennial Star, vol. 90, p. 307. 

270-14 Rev. 12. 

270- 15 Church News, Sept. 2, 1933, p. 4. 

271- 16 Church News, June 17, 1933, p. 11; D. & C. 132:8-12. 

271- 17 Pers. Corresp. 

272- 18 Conf. Rep., Apr., 1943, pp. 15-16. 

273- 19 Matt. 24:37. 

273- 20 D. &C. 101:79-80. 

274- 21 Church News, Oct 4, 1952, p. 12; Alma 42:25. 

274- 22 D. & C. 84:44-53. 

275- 23 Conf. Rep., Apr., 1917, pp. 59-60; D. & C. 1 12:23. 

275- 24 D. & C. 1:17-23; 2 Ne. 9:42-43; Isa. 29:9-14. 

276- 25 Church News, Aug. 26, 1933, p. 4. 

277- 26 2 Ne. 10:11-16. 

277-27 Moses 5:13. 

277- 28 John 3:19. 

278- 29 2 Ne. 27:1-2. 

278-30 Abra. 3:22-28: D. & C. 98:11-15. 

278-31 Alma 11:37; 3 Ne. 27:19-20; Moses 6:57. 

278- 32 Rev. 22:11; 2 Ne. 9:16; Alma 41:13-15. 

279- 33 Alma 41:4. 

279-34 Church News, Oct. 2, 1943, pp. 4, 12; Rev. 21:7. 

279- 35 Conf. Rep., Apr., 1943, p. 15; Luke 6:46. 

280- 36 2 Ne. 27; 28. 

280-37 D. &C. 101:77-80. 

280-38 Mosiah 3:19. 

280- 39 Moses 5:13. 

281- 40 John 17:14-16. 

281- 41 Mai. 3:13-18. 

282- 42 D. & C. 110:16. 

282-43 D. & C. 101:24-25; Matt. 13:41-43. 

282-44 Tenth Article of Faith; D. & C. 45:57-59; Rev. 5:10; 20:4-6. 

282- 45 Conf. Rep., Apr., 1952, pp. 26-28; D. & C. 88:17-31. 

283- 46 Jos. Smith 2:18-20. 

283-47 Amos 8:11. 

283-48 2 Tim. 4:3-4. 

283-49 2 Thess. 2:3. 

283- 50 Era, vol. 23, pp. 496-498. 

284- 51 Jos. Smith 2: 19; Isa. 29:13. 

285- 52 Era, vol. 55, p. 82. 

285- 53 John 3:5. 

286- 54 Dante, The Divine Comedy, English translator, Henry Francis Case, pp. 14-15. 

287- 55 The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge, pp. 191-198. 


287-56 Ps. 89:14. 

287- 57 Church News, Apr. 22, 1933, p. 3. 

288- 58 Conf. Rep., Apr., 1917, p. 60. 

289- 59 Conf. Rep., Oct., 1924, p. 100. 

290- 60 Conf. Rep., Apr., 1916, pp. 73-74; 1 Cor. 2. 

290- 61 Dan. 2:44; D. & C. 65:1-6. 

291- 62 Conf. Rep., Apr., 1924, p. 41. 

292- 1 John 3: 19. 

292- 2 Conf. Rep., Apr., 1943, p. 13; Matt. 6:33. 

293- 3 John 17:14-16. 

293-4 Ex. 20:8-1 1; D. & C. 59:9-20. 

293- 5 Conf. Rep., Oct., 1916, pp. 69-70; D. & C. 88:67-69. 

294- 6 Conf. Rep., Oct., 1927. pp. 142-143; D. & C. 20:33. 

294-7 D. & C. 101:1-8. 

294- 8 Conf. Rep., Apr., 1929. p. 54. 

295- 9 Gen. & Hist. Mag., vol. 21. p. 97. 

295-10 Pers. Corresp.; 2 Ne. 28:14. 

295-11 Alma 12:9-11. 

295-12 Church News, Mar. 30, 1940, p. 5; D. & C. 50:23-29; 76:1-10. 

297- 13 D. & C. 121:11-25. 

298- 14 Conf. Rep., Oct., 1910. pp. 39-41. 

298-15 D.&C. 93:40. 

298- 16 Rel. Soc. Mag., vol. 18, p. 687. 

299- 17 D. & c. 29:12; 2 Thess. 1:8; Heb. 12:29. 

299- 18 D. &C. 59:5. 

300- 19 D. &C. 88:38-39. 

300- 20 D. & C. 88:32-35. 

301- 21 Conf. Rep., Oct., 1936. pp. 60-62. 

303-22 Conf. Rep., Oct., 1916. pp. 70-72. 

303-23 D. & C. 88:119-121. 

303- 24 Conf. Rep., Oct., 1929, p. 62. 

304- 25 Conf. Rep., Oct., 1916. pp. 72-73. 

306- 26 Joseph F. Smith, Gospel Doctrine, 4th ed., pp. 412-413. 

307- 27 Matt. 12:35-37. 

307- 28 D. &C. 136:28-29. 

308- 29 Era, vol. 58, pp. 302-303. 

308- 30 Matt. 13:1-9, 18-23. 

309- 31 D.&C. 46:13-14. 

309- 32 D. & C. 76:31-32. 

310- 33 D. & C. 88:22-24. 

310-34 D. & C. 88:35. 

310-35 D.&C. 41:1. 

310-36 Era, vol. 22. pp. 621-623. 


311-37 D. &C. 85:1-5. 

311- 38 Gen. & Hist. Mag., vol. 16. p. 56. 

312- 39 Pers. Corresp. 

314-1 Moses 5:4-12. 

314- 2 Church News, Feb. 6. 1932. p. 5; Moses 5:13-14. 

315- 3 D. & C. 101:77-80. 

315-4 D. & C. 87:6. 

315-5 Rev. 11:15; 12:10; Dan. 7:9-10, 13- 14, 18,22,27. 

315- 6 D. &C. 1:35. 

316- 7 Pers. Corresp. 

316-8 Church News, Aug. 5, 1939, p. 1. 

316-9 D. & C. 63:32-34; 64:23-25; 101:23- 25; 133:45-51. 

316-10 Isa. 24:1-6. 

316-11 Mai. 4:1. 

318-12 Ether 2:8-12. 

318- 13 Church News, May 8, 1937. p. 5. 

319- 14 Rev. 12. 

319- 15 Gen. 5:22-24: Heb. 11:5; Moses 6: 7; 8. 

320- 16 4 Ne. 15-17. 

320-17 Ether 2: 8- 12. 

320-18 Ether 15; Morm. 6. 

320- 19 Moses 8; D. & C. 107:53-57; 116. 

321- 20 Ether 2:11-12; D. & C. 97:21-28. 

321-21 Church News, Feb. 6. 1932. p. 5. 

321- 22 Ether 2:7-12. 

322- 23 Conf. Rep., Oct., 1916, p. 72. 

322- 24 2 Kings 25:7. 

323- 25 Omni 21. 

323- 26 Church News, July 18, 1931. p. 2; Ether 2:11. 

324- 27 Church News, July 4, 1931. p. 2; Ether 2:9. 

324-28 Rom. 13:1. 

324- 29 Topsfield Historical Collection, vol. 8, p. 87. 

325- 30 D. &C. 101:80. 

325-31 2 Ne. 10:10-16; Ether 2:8-12. 

325- 32 Deut. 28; 29; 30. 

326- 33 Conf. Rep., Apr., 1943, pp. 1 1-12. 

326-34 Journal of Discourses, vol. 6. p. 152. 

326- 35 Conf. Rep., Apr. 1950, p. 159. 

327- 1 Joseph Fielding Smith, Essentials in Church History, pp. 91-461. 

327-2 D. & C. 37. 

327- 3 D. & C. 54:7-10. 

328- 4 D. & C. 45:64-67: 84:4-5. 

328-5 D. & C. 135. 


328- 6 D. & C. 136. 

329- 7 Conf. Rep., Apr., 1947, pp. 58-60. 

330- 8 D. &C. 35:24; 39:13. 

330-9 D. & C. 49:24-25: 64:37; 1 17:7-8; Isa. 40:9. 

330- 10 Joseph Fielding Smith, Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 255. 

331- 11 Cited in, Smith, Essentials in Church History, p. 446. 

331- 12 History of the Church, vol. 6, p. 222. 

332- 13 History of the Church vol. 6, p. 223. 

332- 14 History of the Church vol. 6, p. 224. 

333- 15 History of the Church, vol. 6. p. 225. 

333- 16 History of the Church, vol. 6. p. 232. 

334- 17 History of the Church, vol. 6, p. 276. 

334-18 History of the Church, vol. 6, p. 374. 

336- 19 History of the Church, vol. 6, pp. 548-549. 

339- 20 Church News, July 21, 1934, p. 7. 

337- 21 Smith, op. cit., p. 396. 

340- 22 Joseph Fielding Smith, Life of President Joseph F. Smith, eh. 10. 

341- 23 D. &C. 136. 

342- 24 D. &C. 136:28-29. 

342-25 2 Sam. 6:16. 

342-26 D. &C. 136:39-42. 

345- 27 Era, vol. 55. pp. 224-226, 281-282. 

346- 1 Isa. 35:1. 

347- 2 Gen. & Hist. Mag., vol. 7, pp. 1 1-12. 

348- 3 D. & C. 35:24; 39:13. 

349- 4 Isa. 2:1-5. 

349-5 Church News, Aug. 7, 1937. p. 5. 

349- 6 Church News, July 21, 1934, pp. 1, 7. 

350- 7 Rel. Soc. Mag., vol. 18 pp. 684-685. 

353-8 Matt 11:5-6; Mark 12:37: Luke 7:22-23. 

357-9 Ether 2:7-12; D. & C. 98:4-10; 101:77-80. 

357-10 Gen. & Hist. Mag., vol. 7, pp. 14-19; D. & C. 133:26-33; Isa. 35: 51:11; Jer. 31:12. 

357- 11 D. & C. 42:40-42. 

358- 12 Conf. Rep., Apr., 1945, pp. 48-49. 

360-13 Gen. & Hist. Mag., vol. 7, pp. 19- 20. 

360- 14 Era, vol. 10. p. 102. 

361- 15 Church News, Aug. 7, 1937, p. 7. 

361- 16 Church News, Feb. 6, 1932, p. 8; D. & C. 58:20-22. 

362- 17 Blood Atonement and the Origin of Plural Marriage, p. 38.